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Zakir Naik saga exposes Europe and Qatar: They should stop lecturing India on trade relations and religious tolerance
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Zakir Naik saga exposes Europe and Qatar: They should stop lecturing India on trade relations and religious tolerance

While Qatar’s Islamist connections are well known, the Western world’s supposed commitment to human rights and liberal values takes a back seat when the commercial interests take the wheel

Orwellian doublethink: Why West has no moral right to lecture Qatar despite its jihadi connections
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Orwellian doublethink: Why West has no moral right to lecture Qatar despite its jihadi connections

Qatar would have found itself among pariah nations by now, had it not been for the hypocrisy of the West that swears by democracy but is often found embracing some of the worst dictators and human rights abusers in world history

FIFA chief Gianni Infantino accuses Qatar World Cup critics of 'hypocrisy'
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FIFA chief Gianni Infantino accuses Qatar World Cup critics of 'hypocrisy'

The World Cup kicks off on Sunday when host nation Qatar take on Ecuador in the opening match.

Gianni Infantino to get four more years as FIFA president
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Gianni Infantino to get four more years as FIFA president

The 52-year-old Swiss lawyer was confirmed by FIFA to be the only person to enter the race by the time the deadline passed.

FIFA World Cup: England, Netherlands arrive in Qatar as Gianni Infantino calls for focus on football
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FIFA World Cup: England, Netherlands arrive in Qatar as Gianni Infantino calls for focus on football

FIFA launched its "Football Unites the World" campaign with a video featuring star players including Neymar, Karim Benzema and Edouard Mendy.

World Cup will help Qatar battle 'prejudice': FIFA president Gianni Infantino
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World Cup will help Qatar battle 'prejudice': FIFA president Gianni Infantino

FIFA awarded the World Cup to Qatar in 2010. It has since spent billions of dollars on preparations but has faced intense scrutiny over human rights.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino reveals broadcasters offer '100 times less' for Women's World Cups
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FIFA president Gianni Infantino reveals broadcasters offer '100 times less' for Women's World Cups

The FIFA president made the comments in Auckland hours before the draw for next year's Women's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, which will be the first to feature 32 teams.

Fury at FIFA president Gianni Infantino's kickabout in Indonesia after stadium tragedy
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Fury at FIFA president Gianni Infantino's kickabout in Indonesia after stadium tragedy

FIFA chief Gianni Infantino met Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Tuesday in the capital Jakarta, the pair pledging to boost match safety and rebuild Arema FC's Kanjuruhan stadium to avoid a repeat of the disaster.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino on Qatar World Cup: 'Migrant workers get pride from hard work'
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FIFA president Gianni Infantino on Qatar World Cup: 'Migrant workers get pride from hard work'

Infantino was asked if FIFA would use its profits to make "any sort of commitment" to help families of workers who died in Qatar

Michel Platini files criminal complaint against FIFA president Gianni Infantino
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Michel Platini files criminal complaint against FIFA president Gianni Infantino

Platini’s lawyers said they filed the complaint in France alleging Infantino peddled influence and that Marco Villiger, FIFA’s legal director until 2018, was complicit.

Gianni Infantino to stand for re-election as FIFA president
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Gianni Infantino to stand for re-election as FIFA president

"I want to tell you that I will be standing for re-election next year," Infantino said at the congress of world football's governing body in Doha.

FIFA World Cup 2022: World football body heads for record $7 billion revenues
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FIFA World Cup 2022: World football body heads for record $7 billion revenues

FIFA is on target to reap record revenues of seven billion dollars on the back of this year's World Cup, president Gianni Infantino said Thursday as experts predicted a long-term financial boom for football.

2022 FIFA World Cup will be a ‘benchmark for future sporting events of this scale’, says Gianni Infantino
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2022 FIFA World Cup will be a ‘benchmark for future sporting events of this scale’, says Gianni Infantino

The same message was given by World Health Organisation director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who highlighted the "unique challenges" faced by organisers because of the pandemic.

FIFA's biennial World Cup plan slammed in IOC's Beijing meet; Bach questions Infantino's absence
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FIFA's biennial World Cup plan slammed in IOC's Beijing meet; Bach questions Infantino's absence

IOC President Thomas Bach chided FIFA counterpart Gianni Infantino, an IOC member for the past two years, for not being in Beijing to hear the criticism.

Gianni Infantino says biennial FIFA World Cups can 'give hope' to potential migrants
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Gianni Infantino says biennial FIFA World Cups can 'give hope' to potential migrants

The idea of a World Cup every two years, rather than every four as it has been since 1930, has faced a hostile reception from the European and South American federations as well as the big clubs. But it enjoys the unanimous support among the 54 African federations.

FIFA promises extra $19 million to each member federation if biennial World Cup plan materialises
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FIFA promises extra $19 million to each member federation if biennial World Cup plan materialises

Its economic arguments had not previously been explicitly stated, but FIFA will hope the numbers can at least persuade smaller nations to get behind the plans.

Olympic leaders target FIFA over proposed biennial World Cup plan in meeting interrupted by pro-Tibet activists
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Olympic leaders target FIFA over proposed biennial World Cup plan in meeting interrupted by pro-Tibet activists

Before the heated words inside the online meeting that FIFA chief Gianni Infantino attended, several activists from the Students for a Free Tibet group tried to get into the IOC headquarters.

Premier League clubs unanimously oppose FIFA proposal to have biennial World Cups
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Premier League clubs unanimously oppose FIFA proposal to have biennial World Cups

The 20 teams also all opposed a FIFA proposal to reduce the five windows for international men's matches to just two in a year.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino hopes biennial World Cup consensus by 20 December
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FIFA president Gianni Infantino hopes biennial World Cup consensus by 20 December

FIFA has been actively pushing the idea of a biennial World Cup, rather than staging the competition every four years.

United Arab Emirates to host Club World Cup in 2022, says FIFA president Gianni Infantino
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United Arab Emirates to host Club World Cup in 2022, says FIFA president Gianni Infantino

The latest edition of the tournament – which features the champions of the six continental confederations along with the top team in the host nation – was due to be played at the end of this year in Japan before it pulled out as host because of the pandemic.