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Scottish Side Aberdeen CEO Says Club Could Attract Middle Eastern Investors

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 01 / 18 / 17

Scottish Premiership side Aberdeen CEO Duncan Fraser said that the team is "better placed than any other club to forge links with Middle Eastern investors thanks to their shared connections in oil and gas," according to Ashley Hammond of GULF NEWS. The team, "based by the heart of the North Sea oil ...

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AFL To Deliver 2022 World Cup Stadium

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UN Resolution Pressures FIFA, Says HRW

Human Rights Watch announced that a United Nations resolution condemning settlements has "raised pressure on FIFA to take action against Israeli football clubs based in the occupied West Bank," according to the AFP. The UN Security Council last week "demanded an end to Israeli settlements ...

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Careem, Coke Partner For Egypt

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ITF Reaffirms Islamabad David Cup Match

In a "landmark decision" coming after 12 years, the Int'l Tennis Federation has allowed Pakistan to hold a Davis Cup tie -- against Iran -- in Islamabad in February, "thus rejecting the appeal of the visiting nation to change the venue from Pakistan on security grounds," according to Mohammad Yaqoob ...

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Qatar To Abolish 'Kafala' Labor System

Qatar "is ending its labour sponsorship system that forces foreign workers to seek their employer's permission to change jobs or leave the country," according to the BBC. It said that "a new contract-based law will replace the 'kafala' system, ensuring greater flexibility and protection." Qatar has ...

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2022 World Cup Will 'Grow Game'

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PCB Chair Says Pakistan Not Begging

Pakistan Cricket Board Chair Shaharyar Khan said that Pakistan "was not begging India to play cricket against them," according to Kashif Abbasi of DAWN. Khan: "Both India and Pakistan have to play bilateral cricket according to Memorandum of Understanding signed between them. Pakistan will ...

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Langley Says Dubai Key To Growing Rugby

World Rugby Sevens Tournament Dir Douglas Langley said that Dubai, the first leg of the 10-stage World Rugby Sevens Series, "is the perfect place to pick up from where rugby sevens left off after its Olympic debut this summer," according to Ashley Hammond of the GULF NEWS. The sport has 16.83 millio ...

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Qatar Agress To Inspections

Qatar World Cup 2022 organizers, ­"under fire" over labor conditions, said that "they will allow international trade union inspections of stadium sites from next year," according to the AFP. Qatar's Supreme Committee for ­Delivery & Legacy announced an agreement with the global Building & Wo ...

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IOC Head Expects Qatar Olympics Bid

IOC President Thomas Bach said on Monday that he could "imagine" Qatar will bid to host a future Summer Olympics, according to the AFP. Bach said, "The procedure for the next Olympic Games is underway and I can imagine one day Qatar would be a candidate for hosting the Olympic Games." He is "the lat ...

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