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Qatar’s World Cup, Pep Guardiola and the right to wear a yellow ribbon | Letters

Eddie Hapgood’s daugher Lynne Hapgood on the story behind the 1938 Berlin salute. Plus Justin Horton and John Clark on the Manchester City manager’s affiliationsRichard Williams (Ribbons and salutes, Sport, 27 February) is right in asserting that “hist…

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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 …

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England friendlies with Qatar on cards after FA agrees partnership

• ‘Memorandum of understanding’ to ‘share knowledge’ with Qatar FA • FA chairman Greg Clarke signs deal with 2022 World Cup hostsThe Football Association has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Qatar Football Association ahead of the Gulf Sta…

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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…

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Fifa urged to press Qatar on conditions for World Cup stadium workers

• Fifa urged to actively use its leverage to engage with host government• Campaigners describe system for employing workers as modern slaveryFifa has been urged by its own advisory board on human rights to press the government in Qatar about the impact…

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Qatar World Cup workers’ rights to improve with end of kafala system, claims union

• System described as modern slavery by trade union body• News greeted cautiously by expert on migrant workers’ issues in the GulfThe International Trade Union Confederation claims to have secured the agreement of the government in Qatar to significant…

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Fifa’s World Cup money-grabbing may be running into the sand in Qatar | Marina Hyde

Our heroes’ formula of leaving with all the cash and paying no tax could be coming awry in the Middle East as a Dubai official suggests Qatar should give up the World Cup

Exciting territory for the Middle East ingenues at Fifa, as the Qatar World Cup is elevated to the status of geopolitical bargaining chip. I know! It’ll be hard to know whether to qualify for it or sign a triple entente in the hope it’ll see us through the group stage.

But first, a recap. Back in June, several countries in the region – including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt – instituted a blockade of Qatar, severing diplomatic relations and cutting off trade routes and so on. This, they said, was a response to the country’s support for terrorism and closeness to Iran. Among their various demands was that Qatar shut down the Doha‑based al-Jazeera and align itself far more tightly with other Gulf countries. Eye‑catchingly, Dubai’s high-profile security chief has now upped the stakes and claimed the blockade would end if Qatar gave up the World Cup. “If the World Cup leaves Qatar,” reasoned Lt Gen Dhahi Khalfan last Sunday, “Qatar’s crisis will be over … because the crisis is created to get away from it.”

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Thousands of Qatar World Cup workers ‘subject to life-threatening heat’

• Human Rights Watch says hundreds of workers dying every year
• Statutory work breaks in summer midday hours not sufficient

Many thousands of migrant workers on construction sites in Qatar, including those building stadiums for the 2022 World Cup, are being subjected to potentially life-threatening heat and humidity, according to new research on the extreme summer conditions in the Gulf. Hundreds of workers are dying every year, the campaign group Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said in a strong statement, but they claim that the Qatar authorities have refused to make necessary information public or adequately investigate the deaths, which could be caused by labouring in the region’s fierce climate.

HRW argues that millions of workers are in jeopardy, including those in the other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries – Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates – because statutory work breaks imposed during summer midday hours do not protect them sufficiently. An analysis of the weather in Doha last summer has also shown that workers on World Cup construction projects were in danger, despite the more advanced system used by the tournament organiser, Humidex, which measures safety levels of heat and humidity.

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A £198m transfer is not about football. It’s about soft power | Simon Chadwick

The collosal Neymar deal, funded by Qatar Sports Investments, shows how far governments will go to secure global influence

• Simon Chadwick is professor of sports enterprise at Salford University

In 1905 my club – Middlesbrough – broke the world transfer fee record when it paid Sunderland £1,000 to sign Alf Common. It was the first time in history a football player had been sold for four figures. Now, 112 years later, the record has been smashed for the second summer running, with Paris Saint-Germain paying £198m for Brazilian superstar Neymar, the highlight of the latest period of transfer hyperactivity that ended yesterday. This phenomenon transcends sport. How can an individual in any sphere be worth £198m? Who would pay that and why? What does the now normalised outlay of mind-boggling fees and salaries say about society? How did we get here?

Related: China’s money men prove fluent in English football’s first language | Richard Williams

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2022 World Cup in Qatar under threat as Saudi Arabia joins blockade

• Saudis, UAE and Bahrain close land route, deny airspace over ‘terror’ claims
• Fifa, now sponsored by Qatar Airways, decline to comment

The prospect of Qatar hosting the 2022 World Cup has been plunged into the most serious doubt after the country’s neighbours broke off diplomatic relations and blockaded its borders. In a culmination of hostilities simmering for years and accusations that Qatar is a major funder of terrorist organisations, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have closed the only land route into the tiny peninsula and refused to allow use of their sea ports or airspace.

The multibillion-dollar preparations to host the 2022 tournament, which involve building nine stadiums and huge infrastructure, is put into perspective by local reports that Qataris are so worried about the blockade that they are stocking up on food. The border with Saudi Arabia is the only road route into the country; Qatar relies on sea ports for its materials and the blockade of airspace is a huge logistical handicap to the country and its flagship airline, Qatar Airways.

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Qatar spending $500m a week on World Cup projects

Country’s finance minister says the rate of spend could continue for the next four years to get country ready for tournament

High-spending World Cup 2022 hosts Qatar are laying out almost $500m every week on major infrastructure projects for football’s biggest tournament, the country’s finance minister said.

That eye-watering level of spending could continue until 2021, Ali Shareef Al-Emadi said on Tuesday.

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Qatar spending $500m a week on World Cup projects

Country’s finance minister says the rate of spend could continue for the next four years to get country ready for tournament

High-spending World Cup 2022 hosts Qatar are laying out almost $500m every week on major infrastructure projects for football’s biggest tournament, the country’s finance minister said.

That eye-watering level of spending could continue until 2021, Ali Shareef Al-Emadi said on Tuesday.

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Qatar to give World Cup workers hats that reduce body temperature

Solar-powered fan reduces skin temperature by up to 10 degrees, which in the height of summer in Qatar means the difference between 50C and 40C

World Cup 2022 labourers in Qatar are to be given “cooling” hard hats which reduce their body temperature as they build football stadiums in the fierce desert heat.

The innovative technology uses a solar-powered fan to reduce the skin temperature by up to 10 degrees, said the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, the body overseeing the controversial tournament’s organisation.

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China and Qatar: spendthrift would-be superpowers unlikely to reach Russia | Barney Ronay

The two countries have learned that for all the styling, the schmaltz and the money, football reserves the right to be stubborn and insistently uncontrolledWith the World Cup in Russia looming ever closer, Euro 2016 has already faded into the familiar …

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Doha anti-doping laboratory suspended for four months by Wada

• Suspension prohibits lab from carrying out any anti-doping activities
• Qatar lab failed to comply with international standards

Doha’s anti-doping laboratory has had its accreditation suspended for four months after it failed to comply with international standards, the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) said in a statement on Monday.

Related: IOC washes over farcical findings of Wada’s Rio 2016 anti-doping report

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Fifa faces legal challenge over Qatar migrant workers

FNV union says football body should have demanded abolition of kafala migrant labour system ahead of 2022 World CupFifa is facing legal action in the Swiss courts over its alleged complicity in the mistreatment of migrant workers in Qatar ahead of the …

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Fifa promises panel to ensure decent conditions for 2022 World Cup workers

• Fifa president Gianni Infantino demands ‘concrete actions’ by Qatar
• Infantino meets Qatar emir and prime minister on two-day visit

Amid intense criticism, the Fifa president, Gianni Infantino, has promised to set up a panel to ensure “decent working conditions” for labourers building the stadiums that will host the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Following reports by human rights groups and a series of Guardian investigations into the plight of migrant workers in the Gulf state, criticism over inaction by the authorities has grown.

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Fifa promises panel to ensure decent conditions for 2022 World Cup workers

• Fifa president Gianni Infantino demands ‘concrete actions’ by Qatar
• Infantino meets Qatar emir and prime minister on two-day visit

Amid intense criticism, the Fifa president, Gianni Infantino, has promised to set up a panel to ensure “decent working conditions” for labourers building the stadiums that will host the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Following reports by human rights groups and a series of Guardian investigations into the plight of migrant workers in the Gulf state, criticism over inaction by the authorities has grown.

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Fifa told to consider stripping Qatar of World Cup if abuses continue

• Call comes from author of Fifa-commissioned report into human rights
• Report urges Fifa to up its game and start matching words with action

Fifa should consider stripping Qatar of the 2022 World Cup if its record on the treatment of migrant workers does not improve within 12 months, according to the Harvard professor who has authored an independent report commissioned by world football’s governing body into its human rights responsibilities.

Related: Balfour Beatty and Interserve accused of migrant worker labour abuses in Qatar

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‘I feel like I’m in prison’: Qatar’s abuse of World Cup workers revealed – video

Migrant workers building Qatar’s Khalifa International Stadium in Doha for the 2022 World Cup are suffering systematic abuse from their employers, says Amnesty International. The human rights organisation says that Fifa need to take action to prevent abuses from taking place. The Qatari Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy says it has ensured minimum working standards are met for World Cup stadium projects

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