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Saudi football teams denied neutral venues for Qatar clashes

Kuala Lumpur - Saudi Arabian football teams will be required to play away matches in Qatar during the Asian Champions League despite the kingdom's travel ban on its Gulf neighbour, Asia's football governing body said Sunday.

Swiss open corruption probe against PSG's Al-Khelaifi, ex-FIFA executive Valcke

Geneva - Switzerland has opened a criminal probe targeting Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the president of Paris Saint-Germain, and FIFA's former secretary general Jerome Valcke, over alleged corruption in the sale of World Cup media rights.

Gulf rivals trade barbs over 2022 World Cup in Qatar

Doha - Qatar reacted angrily Wednesday after its Gulf rival the United Arab Emirates questioned whether it should be allowed to host the 2022 football World Cup without a change of policy.

Djokovic still the biggest rival, says Murray

Doha - World number one Andy Murray insisted Sunday that Novak Djokovic will remain his biggest threat in 2017, as the pair prepare for a potential first clash of the season in Doha this week.

Qatar could move Summer Olympics date, says Coe

Doha - Sebastian Coe said on Friday that Qatar could move the Summer Olympics to later in the calendar year if the Gulf country ever successfully bids to host the Games.

Qatar says Amnesty labour abuse claims 'simply untrue'

Doha - Qatar on Wednesday dismissed claims it has done almost nothing to tackle migrant labour abuse since being awarded the 2022 World Cup exactly five years ago as "simply untrue".

Rights activists attack 'sham' Qatar labour reforms

Doha - Rights groups on Wednesday dismissed as a "sham" long-awaited reforms of Qatar's much-criticised "kafala" labour system for foreign workers, which critics have likened to modern-day slavery.

Qatar cabinet backs changes to 'kafala' labour system

Doha - Football World Cup 2022 host Qatar has agreed changes to its controversial "kafala" sponsorship system for foreign workers, which critics have likened to modern-day slavery, state media reported on Wednesday.

Qatar confirms holding Britons probing World Cup labour

Doha - Qatar has confirmed it is holding two British researchers who had been probing the labour conditions of migrants building facilities for the 2022 World Cup, saying they "violated" the emirate's laws.

FIFA 'ignored' terror alert over Qatar bid

London - A security briefing ordered by FIFA less than a month before it awarded Qatar the 2022 World Cup found the Gulf state was a "high risk" target for terror attacks during the tournament, the Sunday Times reported.

Pressure mounts for new 2022 World Cup vote

Paris - FIFA announced on Monday its probe into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup host bids would be completed by June 9 as the corruption row over Qatar's controversial winning bid intensified.

Pressure mounts for new 2022 World Cup vote

Paris - Pressure mounted Monday for FIFA to call a new vote on the 2022 World Cup hosts with Australia declaring that corruption accusations against controversial winners Qatar were a "serious development".

Qatar denies World Cup bid corruption claims

London - Qatar's 2022 football World Cup organisers vehemently denied any wrong-doing after a British newspaper alleged a top official paid more than $5 million to secure support in the bidding process.

Qatari official 'paid millions' for 2022 World Cup

London - A former top Qatari football official paid more than $5 million to get support for the tiny emirate's controversial campaign to host the 2022 World Cup, a British newspaper alleged Sunday.

World champion Marquez edges Rossi in Qatar thriller

Doha - World champion Marc Marquez won the season-opening Qatar Grand Prix on Sunday just a month after breaking his leg.The Honda rider fought off a thrilling, wheel-to-wheel challenge from nine-time champion Valentino Rossi on a Yamaha to win by just 0.259s...

Former FIFA boss paid millions by Qataris: Report

London - A former senior official of FIFA and his family were paid almost $2 million (£1.2m) from a Qatari firm liked to the Gulf state's successful bid for the 2022 World Cup finals, according to a report in Tuesday's edition of Britain's Daily Telegraph news...

Venus believes she can still deliver

Doha - Venus Williams, without a title in 16 months and beaten here as early as the second round, believes she still has what it takes to succeed at the highest level - and has the desire to prove it.The seven times Grand Slam champion cut a defiant figure de...

Qatar top seed Li Na out to build on Melbourne success

Doha - Li Na looks certain to build on last month's Australian Open triumph by reaching a career-high world number two next week - and could go on to become Serena Williams' nearest rival.

Yemen's Children's Parliament Meets with Government

Yemen's Children's Parliament has asked the government to ban qat use for children under 17.
 

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