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Field of broken dreams: football’s slave trade – photo essay

All they want is to do is play professionally, but for many young hopefuls from Africa their expensive journey to Turkey ends in exploitation • Photographs by Italo RondinellaFor months, Yves Kibendo woke up every morning at 6am. He would leave his hou…

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Qatar stadium deaths: the dark side of the glittering venue hosting Liverpool

Premier League leaders urged to join fight for better working conditions as they prepare for Fifa Club World Cup matchAs Liverpool fans stream into Qatar to watch the Fifa Club World Cup next week, it will be easy to forget the thousands of workers fro…

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Croatia wrongly deports Nigerian table tennis players to Bosnia

Organisers of competition students travelled to attend demand their return to Nigeria The organisers of an international student sports competition have called for two Nigerian table tennis players to be returned to their own country after Croatian pol…

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Amnesty says migrant workers still being exploited in Qatar

Amnesty investigated three Qatari companies1,620 workers submitted complaints after wages stoppedThousands of migrant workers in Qatar are still being exploited despite repeated promises to improve workers’ rights in the lead-up to the 2022 World Cup, …

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From Somali refugee to England’s first female Muslim football referee

Jawahir Roble’s love of football was forged on the streets of wartorn Mogadishu. Now she is training and inspiring young female footballers in the UKOn a sunny afternoon, a group of mothers in hijabs sit on the bench of a football pitch, watching their…

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Qatar 2022: £40 a week to build the World Cup stadiums

Workers from some of the world’s poorest countries are being paid a pittance to deliver the football dream of the world’s wealthiest per capita stateThe men employed on building the 40,000-seat al-Rayyan football stadium were having their lunch, in the…

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‘How can I raise my daughter?’ Widow of Qatar World Cup worker fears for future – video

Renuka Chaudhary has said she is fearful for her young daughter’s future after her husband died while helping to construct a stadium for the World Cup 2022.Tej Narayan Tharu died in August when he fell from a high walkway at the £512m Al Wakrah st…

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Maria Sharapova to be reinstated as UN goodwill ambassador

Exclusive: UN Development Programme to lift suspension of Russian tennis star when her ban for taking prohibited substance expires in April

Maria Sharapova will be reinstated as a UN goodwill ambassador when her suspension from tennis expires next April, the Guardian has learned.

The UN Development Programme, which works to eradicate poverty and inequality, discontinued its nine-year relationship with the Russian in March after she admitted taking the prohibited substance meldonium at this year’s Australian Open. Sharapova was subsequently banned for two years by an International Tennis Federation tribunal, but an appeal to the court of arbitration for sport resulted in a reduced suspension of 15 months, paving the way for Sharapova to return to competitive action before the French Open in May.

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Olympics 2016: the Kenyan MP racing in Rio to change lives

When Wesley Korir stands on the start line of the marathon on Sunday, there will be more than medals at stake

When Wesley Korir and the rest of the Kenyan men’s marathon team line up in the Sambadrome in Rio on Sunday, the prayers of millions across their homeland will go with them. Few will be as fervent as those delivered by the many congregations in Iten, a small town perched on a spectacular escarpment above the Great Rift Valley.

“They are heroes to us all. We are all with them in our minds when they run,” said Moses Koech, a hotel worker.

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Rio Olympics: benefit or burden for poor communities in Brazil?

With favela residents complaining of forced evictions, police violence and waste, the jury is out on whether Rio is ready for another major sports event

In August, Rio de Janeiro will welcome athletes and tourists for the first Olympic Games on South American soil. But the preparations have been far from smooth, and human rights campaigners have been particularly concerned about the impact of the Games on Brazilian city’s most vulnerable communities.

Residents of Rio’s favelas have spoken of battles against forced evictions, police violence and wasted spending.

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Olympic exclusion zone: the gentrification of a Rio favela

Residents of Babilônia complain they are being callously pushed out as the favela undergoes a rapid ‘upgrade’ ahead of this summer’s Olympics. Jo Griffin, who has been working there, hears the inside story of Rio’s gentrification project

“Look at that house,” says Nivia Bruno Ribeiro de Cajazeira, pointing to a small dwelling hidden by lush vegetation near the top of Babilônia hill, in the south zone of Rio de Janeiro. “All the homes in the favela used to be built like that, from pau-a-pique [wattle and daub containing bamboo].”

We have arrived at her own blue wooden house via a dirt path splattered with the red pulp of the jaca fruit, its terrace offering a glimpse of the distant sea. Outsiders rarely come to this part of the favela; to do so requires stepping so close to people’s homes that it can feel like an invasion.

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Migrant workers suffer ‘appalling treatment’ in Qatar World Cup stadiums, says Amnesty

Amnesty report accuses Fifa and Qatari authorities of ongoing indifference to systemic abuse of workers on stadiums that will host the 2022 World Cup

Despite five years of growing criticism, Fifa and the Qatari authorities have been accused of ongoing indifference towards systemic abuse and “appalling treatment” of migrant workers working on stadiums that will host the 2022 World Cup.

A damning new report by Amnesty International, which interviewed 132 contractors working on refurbishing the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha and a further 102 landscapers who work in the Aspire Zone sports complex that surrounds it, claimed that they all reported human rights abuses of one kind or another.

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Women’s football in Burundi offers hope to a shattered nation | Jessica Hatcher

Marriage can wait, says Sakina Saidi, star striker for league winners Fofila, as football offers women in Burundi a way to earn respect – and hard cash

Sakina Saidi wakes with a sense of trepidation in her father’s home in Gatumba, western Burundi.

She has pulled a muscle in her thigh and she does not want to play her first division match tomorrow. But if she doesn’t play, she won’t get paid. And she will be letting down her team, Fofila, who have never lost with her on the pitch.

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UN suspends Maria Sharapova as goodwill ambassador

UN Development Programme discontinues nine-year relationship after Sharapova’s admission that she failed drug test for meldonium

The UN has suspended Maria Sharapova as a goodwill ambassador following the Russian tennis star’s admission that she tested positive for the banned substance meldonium at the Australian Open in January.

The UN Development Programme, which works to eradicate poverty and inequality, has discontinued its nine-year relationship with Sharapova pending the outcome of the case. Much of her work with the UNDP had focused on efforts to help survivors of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.

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Cameron puts corruption on G7 agenda after Fifa bribery scandal

Prime minister to tell summit that leading nations must ‘break the taboo on talking about corruption’, calling it ‘arch-enemy of democracy and development’

David Cameron is preparing to warn fellow world leaders at the two-day G7 summit that starts in Germany on Sunday that the Fifa bribery scandal must be a trigger for international action against corruption.

The prime minister will criticise what he will call a widespread “taboo” in pointing the finger at corrupt institutions, and will say the Fifa scandal has shown how focusing on an organisation can provide the impetus for cleaning-up operations.

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Fifa to investigate arrest of BBC news team in Qatar

Team was on official visit to inspect migrant workers’ accommodation after outcry over conditions for those building 2022 World Cup stadiums

Football’s governing body, Fifa, has launched an investigation after a BBC news team was arrested in Qatar while reporting on the plight of migrant workers building stadiums for the 2022 World Cup.

The four-strong crew had been invited by the Qatari’s prime minister’s office on an official tour of new accommodation for construction workers. It was part of a public relations drive in the wake of an international outcry over the slave-like conditions for workers exposed by a Guardian investigation.

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Azerbaijan jails two rights campaigners

Intigam Aliyev, a lawyer, and Rasul Jafarov are given long prison terms as country prepares to host European Games

Two human rights defenders in Azerbaijan who were campaigning against politically motivated arrests have been imprisoned.

The prosecutions come as the country prepares to host the inaugural European Games.

Related: GB squad for Baku European Games named as human rights concerns rise

Related: Azerbaijan’s human rights are on a knife edge. The UK must not walk away | Thorbjørn Jagland

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic: new tattoos were to draw attention to world famine

Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he removed his shirt after scoring against Caen on Saturday in a bid to draw attention to world famine by displaying his new tattoos.

Ibrahimovic peeled off his shirt after his goal in the second minute for the defending French champion and was shown a yellow card for doing so. He will now miss the match against Monaco in two weeks’ time due to suspension.

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Artistry of Lionel Messi captured by Murakami and Hirst for charity auction

Sale of portraits of footballer part of 1in11 campaign to extend educational opportunities for disadvantaged children in Asia

Portraits of the Barcelona striker Lionel Messi by Takashi Murakami and Damien Hirst are to go on sale in London next month.

The paintings have been commissioned as part of the 1in11 campaign, a collaboration between Unicef, FC Barcelona Foundation and Reach Out To Asia to extend educational opportunities to marginalised children in Bangladesh, Indonesia and Nepal. The artwork will be auctioned at Sotheby’s in London on 12 February to raise funds for the charity.

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Sepp Blatter and the Qatar 2022 World Cup: too little, too late

The Fifa president’s guarantee that the tournament is Qatar’s to keep surrendered one of the last levers to force real change

Death toll among Qatar’s 2022 World Cup workers revealed

Officials from world football’s governing body gathered in Marrakech last week in their now permanently embattled state for the latest episode in the ongoing soap opera surrounding the 2022 World Cup that will take place in the tiny gulf state of Qatar.

As Fifa president, Sepp Blatter, guaranteed once and for all there would be no revote and rolled out his repertoire of non-sequiturs, he also surrendered one of the last levers world football had left to force meaningful change for migrant workers in Qatar.

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