Qatar promises human rights progress, but questions rise over how fast

Qatari construction workers

By Andrew Warshaw
March 18 – In a week when the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will take centre stage as FIFA announces the exact November-December dates, the country has again pledged to push ahead with reforming its controversial ‘kafala’ labour system – but has stopped short of presenting a timetable for when this will happen.

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Exclusive: 2022 World Cup in the bag! England have never lost an international in December

World Cup trophy

By David Owen
February 26 – Phil Neville, the former Manchester United, Everton and England footballer turned BBC pundit, swam against the tide this week. While many in the country that invented football were bemoaning the FIFA task force recommendation to stage the 2022 World Cup in November and December, Neville said it might be “the best thing that’s ever happened” to England.

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Clubs call for cash to warm-up their 2022 Winter is dismissed by Valcke

Jerome Valcke7

By Andrew Warshaw
February 24 – Twenty-four hours after the announcement of the first ever winter World Cup in 2022, FIFA embarked on a fresh collision course with Europe’s major leagues and clubs by ruling out paying any enhanced compensation for the amount of time players will be away on international duty and the disruption it will cause to the regular calendar.

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