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Qatar agrees to inquiry into death of Briton at World Cup stadium

Family of Zac Cox say a British judge will look for lessons to be learned from death in 2017The Qatari organisation in charge of staging the 2022 World Cup has agreed to hold a wide-ranging inquiry led by a British judge into the death of a British wor…


Premier League​ games ‘screened illegally via Saudi satellite firm’

UK body representing top 20 clubs says it has compelling evidence of year-long piracy operationA Saudi government-owned satellite firm is linked to the illegal screening of Premier League football matches across the Middle East and north Africa, the Pr…


World Cup: England fans’ safety at risk in Russia, say MPs

MPs say Russia’s homophobic laws mean LGBT supporters could be at risk of violenceEngland football fans visiting Russia for the World Cup are at serious risk of homophobic, racist and anti-British attacks and have been offered only “vague reassurance” …


Boris Johnson compares Russian World Cup to Hitler’s 1936 Olympics

Fears over safety of England fans, as Russia expels liaison diplomat and closes British consulate Boris Johnson has predicted the Russian president Vladimir Putin will glory in the World Cup this summer in the same way that Adolf Hitler did over the Ol…


Qatar stadium where UK worker died was ‘downright dangerous’

British coroner says Zac Cox given substandard equipment by managers at World Cup venueThe only western construction worker killed in the building of World Cup stadiums in Qatar was provided with substandard equipment by managers who should have known …


Qatar World Cup bosses offer no explanation for British worker’s death

Zac Cox’s relatives have waited 10 months for official account of why he died in accident at Khalifa stadiumA 10-month effort to find out how a Briton was killed while building Qatar’s Khalifa stadium for the World Cup has been met with a wall of silen…