Football Notes: Qatar World Cup Preparations Inconvenienced, Not Delayed
Qatar’s 2022 World Cup preparations have been "inconvenienced but not delayed by the political and economic boycott by its neighbours," Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy Secretary General Hassan Al-Thawadi said. He added that alternative suppliers outside those countries involved in the ongoing dispute "have been found for tournament-related construction projects" (AFP, 8/20).
The Chinese FA signed an agreement with the German FA (DFB) that will allow the China U20 Olympic team to "compete in Germany's fourth-tier." The Chinese side will play in the Regional liga Südwest from the start of the '17-18 season as part of its preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Games (SOCCEREX, 8/18).
Brazil's Federal Police have called for the indictment of 21 people, including two ex-governors of Brasília, for allegedly overcharging R$559M "in the renovation of the stadium used in the 2014 World Cup." The Mané Garrincha Stadium in Brasília was originally scheduled to cost around R$600M but ended up costing closer to R$1.57B, officials said (REUTERS, 8/18).
In homage and in solidarity with the victims of the Barcelona attack, the French Professional Football League (LFP) decided to observe a minute of silence across all Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 matches (LFP).