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As construction work begins on the first stadium for Qatar 2022 and ahead of a European Parliament hearing in Brussels on Thursday, the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy of Qatar (SCDLQ) has issued a press release regarding another worker’s charter – this one called “Workers’ Welfare Standards.”
The charter was immediately blasted by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) as reinforcing the system of forced labour in place in the oil-rich fiefdom and doing nothing to prevent further avoidable deaths of thousands of migrant labourers. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) was quick to issue a press release confirming that (contrary to impression given by Qatar’s press release) ILO comments, on the text “in particular concerning fundamental
Updated 8th April 2014 at 09:43 AM by Statisticus
The Team Base Camps for all 32 teams to have qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil were announcedhttp://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/newsid=2267880/ on Friday.
Here is the complete list:
Belgium: Mogi das Cruzes
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Guaruja
Chile: Belo Horizonte
Cote Ivoire: Aguas de Lindoia
Costa Rica: Santos
Croatia: Mata de Sao Joao
England: Rio de Janeiro
France: Ribeirao Preto
Germany: Santa Cruz Cabralia
Honduras: Porto Feliz
Joseph Owona, caretaker president of the Cameroon football federation, has confirmed Volker Finke will be leading the Indomitable Lions to the World Cup in Brazil, ending speculation fuelled by Roger Milla, that he would be replaced.
On Wednesday Owona told reporters
u0093We reiterate our confidence in Volker Finke. He has the merit of having qualified the Lions to the World Cup in Brazil. It is now up to him to carry out a good preparation to enable our team perform satisfactorily at the competition.u0094
The 65-year old Finke became the fourth German to manage Cameroon when he took over on 22 May 2013 - following in the footsteps of Karl-Heinz Weigang, Otto Pfister and Winfried Schafer.
FIFA secretary-general Jerome Valcke stated earlier today in an interview with France Inter that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will not be played in the summer - in a triumph of common sense over bureaucratic procedure.
Qatar was awarded the 2022 World Cup without much serious consideration of the country’s climate and the consequences for fans, players and construction workers of operating in the searing heat. Since the reality of the dangers to human health has begun to sink in, FIFA President Sepp Blatter has insisted it would be discriminatory against hot countries to always hold the World Cup in the summer.
However FIFA, keen to ensure the maximum consensus over the issue, has launched a long-running consultation process with all the various stakeholders
Updated 8th January 2014 at 03:26 PM by 11v11
Despite speculation that a pioneering surgical technique using an internal brace could help Theo Walcott recover within four months, after he ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee against Tottenham on Saturday, the Arsenal and England player is out for the rest of the season and realistically speaking wonu0092t be traveling to Brazil for the World Cup.
Walcottu0092s injury came towards the end of a crucial FA Cup win, in which he again demonstrated his value to the Gooners as a stand-in striker, and at the moment when his standing amongst the North London fans has reached an all-time high.
For Arsene Wenger, the search for a striker now has even greater importance, and where he spends his money may be decisive in whether Arsenalu0092s title challenge can
The 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup will be a highly contested one, representing the major chance of footballing glory for most of the nations involved.
The USMNT go into the tournament on home turf looking to avenge a 4 - 2 final defeat to Mexico in the previous edition. On this occasion there is an extra incentive as the winner will secure a chance to play-off for Confederations Cup 2017 qualification.
The other main favourite, Mexico, have already got off to a terrible start as they were shocked 2 - 1 in their opening match against Panama. This is following a disappointing World Cup qualifying
campaign and going out in the first round of the Confederations Cup. Manager José Manuel de la Torre is now under serious pressure.
Players will be auditioning
Updated 27th July 2013 at 08:35 AM by Statisticus
In the history of the tournament, the Confederations Cup has not always been held in the highest of regard. In the past we have even seen Germany and France pull out. Teams such as Brazil have elected not to send a full strength squad.
Do not expect to see a repeat of this at Brazil 2013. Above all, Brazil will want to show expectant fans that they have a team capable of winning the World Cup next year. For them, winning is the only option. Failure next year would be close to a national disaster.
European giants Italy and Spain will not be holding back either. Italy have brought a full strength squad which includes a blend of youth and experience whilst Spain will be sticking to the same formula which has brought them three major championships in the last five years.
Updated 16th June 2013 at 05:06 PM by Statisticus
Reaction to Luis Suárez biting Branislav Ivanovic on the arm has varied from Simon Burnton describing the Liverpool striker as responsible for a u0093perfect storm of evilu0094 in the Guardian to Jim Edwards in Business Insider arguing Suárez is u0093probably not a psychotic man-child racistu0094 but rather a hyper-competitive player who is all about u0093winning, at all costsu0094 - just the attitude Liverpool require to escape from the mid-table mediocrity into which they have fallen.
But what of the business consequences of Suárezu0092s bite? In the context of the match itself, Suárez escaped punishment, and although he failed to draw a penalty out of Ivanovicu0092s reaction, he did score in the dying minutes to significantly dent Chelseau0092s Champion League ambitions. However, after Suárez accepted a charge
Southend goalkeeper Paul Smith did no favours for himself or his club with his faux pas at Wembley on Sunday prior to the JPT Final..
As the two teams jogged out of the tunnel the custodian spotted a cameraman, just doing his job, filming the teams coming out.
Mr Smith took it upon himself to issue a `one finger` salute in the direction of the lens. Whether or not it was to the cameraman, probably, or to a wider audience, only Mr Smith will know.
Never the less it was tasteless and I`m sure when gesture is brought to the attention of Mr Brown, manager, Mr Smith, goalkeeper will feel like he should, ashamed.
When Bobby Zamora needlessly and foolishly tried his Eric Cantona, though to be fair to Eric his infamous kung-fu assault was