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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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PCB Chair Expects $450M From Next Cycle

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Dubai Holding To Sponsor Dubai Run

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Saudi Arabia To Build 11 New Stadia

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Al Khor 2022 WC Stadium Design Unveiled

The Qatar 2022 World Cup Organizing Committee announced that the stadium in Al Khor will be "modeled on a traditional tent used by nomads," according to Elysia Windrum of DOHA NEWS. The Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor will seat 60,000 football fans and is "set to be one of the venues" for the semifinals. ...

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Aussie Diplomat Wants Pakistan Series

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