International return for Zlatan gets Sweden talking

By Philip O’Connor STOCKHOLM, Nov 14 : The final whistle which signalled that Sweden had qualified for the World Cup was still echoing around the San Siro when the speculation began – will retired record goalscorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic return for the finals in Russia? Sweden had just secured a 1-0 aggregate victory over Italy with […]

Qatar World Cup workers pay recruitment fees, work 18-hour days – report

By Tom Finn DOHA, Apr 5 : Hundreds of Asian workers pay recruitment fees for jobs building World Cup stadiums in Qatar and some end up working for nearly five months without a day of rest, according to an investigation funded by the Gulf state’s World Cup organising body. Conditions for workers from India, Nepal […]

Messi banned for four international matches

By Brian Homewood ZURICH, Mar 28 : Argentina forward Lionel Messi has been banned from their next four competitive internationals, starting with Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier in Bolivia, for swearing at a match official, FIFA said today. The decision was announced less than six hours before kickoff of the match in La Paz and means […]

FIFA will continue to put pressure on Qatar over human rights – President

By Alexander Cornwell DUBAI, Dec 28 : FIFA will continue to “put pressure” on Qatar about the treatment of migrant labourers building World Cup stadiums in the Gulf Arab country for the 2022 tournament, its President said today. The world football governing body in the past admitted it was slow to act over concerns about […]