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February 25, 2015 4:12 PM Fifa clears D'Hooghe of wrongdoing

Fifa’s ethics committee has cleared the organisation’s chief medical officer Michel D’Hooghe of corruption as part of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bid investigations. The executive committee member and head of Fifa’s medical committee had been facing four allegations of wrongdoing, but the ethics committee said it found insufficient evidence to suggest 8

February 25, 2015 4:12 PM Fifa warns: No World Cup 2022 compensation

Fifa general secretary Jerome Valcke has rejected calls to compensate leagues and clubs for hosting World Cup 2022 in November and December. The world football governing body claimed all six confederations had given their blessing to the decision and that the exact dates would be decided on March 19 and 20 when Fifa's executive committee would ratify 6

February 25, 2015 3:34 PM No Compensation For Winter World Cup

Football's world governing body FIFA has announced that clubs will not receive any compensation if the 2022 World Cup in Qatar is held in winter. He told reporters no payments would be made as a result of clubs losing players and playing schedules being disrupted. "There will be no compensation. I mean, they have seven years to reorganise football around 6

February 25, 2015 12:45 PM Embrace Qatar 2022 World Cup « Express & Star

Wolves legend and former England World Cup striker Steve Bull called on clubs to embrace the proposed move to November and December. But Albion director Richard Garlick insisted there were ‘endless issues’ to address for European clubs if FIFA approves the recommendation from its task force to move the tournament to avoid the heat of the Qatari summer 9

February 25, 2015 12:29 PM Head of Arab Gulf council visits embattled Yemeni president

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni officials say the head of the Gulf Cooperation Council has visited President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi in a show of support for the embattled leader against Shiite rebels who have seized the capital. Top aides to Hadi say GCC Secretary General Abdullatif al-Zayani visited him Wednesday in the southern city of Aden, where he has been based 7

February 25, 2015 12:22 PM Iran stages military exercises in Strait of Hormuz

Iran's Revolutionary Guards began naval exercises Wednesday in the Strait of Hormuz, just a few hundred kilometres away from western vessels engaged in the fight against the Islamic State group. The three branches of the elite army of the Iranian regime are participating in the regular military exercises, dubbed "Great Prophet", off Qeshm Island 9

February 25, 2015 12:05 PM Fifa refuse to compensate unhappy European clubs for Qatar winter competition

Fifa see no need to apologise for the proposed winter scheduling of the 2022 Qatar World Cup, warning clubs they will not receive any compensation should the competition go ahead mid-season. A Fifa task force has recommended the tournament take place in November and December 2022 in a bid to ensure players and spectators are not put at risk during the Qatari 10

February 25, 2015 11:57 AM What happened to the Qatar World Cup's cooling technology?

A Fifa taskforce has recommended the Qatar World Cup takes place in November and December 2022. Previously it was claimed pioneering cooling technology would allow it to happen in the summer. So what has changed? When the shock announcement came through that a tiny gulf emirate would host the world's biggest sporting tournament, there was one question 5

February 25, 2015 11:30 AM ahead means the heat's on England now

The World Cup in Qatar looks all set to go ahead in November and December, 2022, after a recommendation by a FIFA taskforce. It was never going to be switched to another venue, given the money involved. Now, of course, there’s going to be some disruption. But I don’t think it’ll be too bad. Most leagues in Europe have a winter break anyway. Germany’s 5

February 25, 2015 10:57 AM FIFA says no World Cup compensation for European clubs

FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke said Wednesday that European football clubs would not receive financial compensation for the 2022 World Cup being moved to November-December. "There will be no compensation. There are seven years to reorganise," he told a Doha press conference. "We are in agreement with the clubs." European associations, representing 6