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FIFA Faces Legal Challenge From Federation Representing Bangladeshi Migrant Worker

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 10 / 11 / 16

FIFA is reportedly "facing legal action in the Swiss courts over its alleged complicity in the mistreatment of migrant workers in Qatar" ahead of the 2022 World Cup, according to Owen Gibson of the London GUARDIAN. Since FIFA voted in Dec. '10 to "hold the World Cup in the tiny Gulf state, Qatar has...

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CA Outlines Heat Strategy For UAE Test

Australia's "space age survival strategy" for its "hothouse Test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates" includes tablet thermometers, laser urine testing, "funky icy poles and personalised climate control," according to Richard Earle of NEWS CORP AUSTRALIA. On Australia's visit to the ...

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ICC Enters Star India, Star Middle East Deal

The Int'l Cricket Council announced cricket’s biggest-ever global broadcast partnership by jointly awarding its audio-visual rights for ICC events from '15 to '23 to Star India and Star Middle East. The decision was made by the ICC Business Corp. Board, the ICC’s commercial arm, during a ...

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Club Bosses Discuss Football's Top Issues

Club bosses said Qatar as World Cup host "is done," and financial fair play "is going to work." Bayern Munich Chair Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Real Madrid Vice Chair Pedro Lopez Jimenez and AC Milan Organizing Dir Umberto Gandini took on football’s most pressing issues -- Qatar’s World Cup, ...

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IOC Dismisses Proposal To Move Olympics

Related story: WC Switch May Force Olympics Move The IOC said that "it will not consider the European Club Association's proposal to move the 2022 Winter Olympics to accommodate the Qatar World Cup," according to WORLD FOOTBALL INSIDER. IOC Communications Dir Mark Adams said, " ...

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PCB Confirms England 2015 Series

The Pakistan Cricket Board confirmed on Wednesday that Pakistan will host England for a "full series of tests and limited-overs matches in the United Arab Emirates from next October," according to Waheed Khan of REUTERS. A PCB official said, "We will be playing three tests, five one-day internatio ...

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Russian, Israeli Funds Invest In App

Investment funds Leta Capital, Cedar Fund, Titanium Investments and a group of individuals have invested $5.5M in the Israeli sports mobile application 365Scores. "This is our first investment in a sports-related mobile app," Sergei Toporov, senior investment manager at Russia's Leta Capital, the le ...

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Serie A To Hold Super Cup In Doha

Serie A has confirmed that the Super Cup between Juventus and Napoli will be played in Doha, Qatar on Dec. 22, according to FOOTBALL ITALIA. This had "long been rumoured to be the resolution between all parties, for the game delayed from late summer due to Juve and Napoli’s respective pre-seas ...

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Maradona In Talks With Palestinian FA

DIEGO MARADONA "is reportedly in negotiations with the Palestinian Football Association over the possibility of coaching the Palestinian national team during the 2015 AFC Asian Cup, which kicks off in Australia in January," according to the TIMES OF ISRAEL. According to reports in Palestinian medi ...

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Qatar Women's Basketball Team Pulls Out

A Qatari official said that the country has "pulled out of the women’s basketball competition at the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea," after it was "denied permission to wear the Islamic headscarf," according to REUTERS. The Qatari players "had been asked to remove the hijab before their g ...

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Qatar Forfeits Basketball Game

The Qatar women's basketball team "forfeited a match at the Asian Games on Wednesday after being refused permission to wear the Islamic headscarf, taking a stand against what they say is a discriminatory policy against Muslim women," according to Peter Rutherford of REUTERS. The Qatari players were ...

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