Workers Who Built Qatar's World Cup HQ Haven't Been Paid In A Year

The situation for migrant workers in Qatar, which one international organization believes will result in more deaths than 9/11, doesn't appear to be getting any better. The Guardian, which has been all over this story, has a new report on migrant workers who have not received payment in over a year and have been… » 7/28/14 11:53am 7/28/14 11:53am

FIFA's Report On World Cup Bidding Corruption Won't Be Made Public

We all had a grand old time in Brazil, didn't we? But now FIFA has to stop ignoring the fact that many (most?) observers believe the bidding process for the forthcoming Russia and Qatar World Cups was fixed, or at least flawed. In response to the clamoring for an update, FIFA has released a statement that amounts to,… » 7/21/14 3:25pm 7/21/14 3:25pm

Qatar Soccer Head Says World Cup Bidding Was Fair

Today's Guardian publishes an op-ed by Hamad Bin Khalifa Bin Ahmed Al-Thani, president of the Qatar Football Association, in which he contends that Qatar deserved to host the 2022 World Cup. It's the sort of thing that begs you to scroll to the comments first, just to see the readers catalogue omissions and offer… » 6/20/14 2:20pm 6/20/14 2:20pm

Host Sites For A 2022 U.S. World Cup That Doesn't Exist–Yet

ESPN Deportes' Jorge Ramos caused a bit of a stir last week by reporting that FIFA put U.S. Soccer on standby for the 2022 World Cup, should Qatar be stripped of its hosting privileges. While this report has been disputed and denied up and down, America's vast sports infrastructure would make it a sensible backup… » 6/17/14 3:52pm 6/17/14 3:52pm

Sepp Blatter Says We're All Racist For Pointing Out FIFA's Corruption

While addressing FIFA's African and Asian confederations on Monday, FIFA president Sepp Blatter seized the opportunity to mount a defense against the most recent and damning allegations that Qatar bribed its way to the 2022 World Cup. He did this by accusing all of his critics of being racist. » 6/10/14 10:25am 6/10/14 10:25am

Qatari Government: Qatari Migrant Workers Dying In Droves

It's getting harder and harder to deny that Qatari migrant workers are dying at an alarming rate. One report, published by ITUC in March, estimated that World Cup construction will eventually kill more people than 9/11. (That report didn't sit well with Qatar's Supreme Committee of Delivery & Legacy.) A more recent… » 5/14/14 3:59pm 5/14/14 3:59pm

The Organizers Of The Qatar World Cup Are Very Mad At Us

Below is an email that just popped into our inbox, from Paul Hughes, head of international media relations for Qatar's Supreme Committee of Delivery & Legacy (!). That makes him the main flack for the outfit that's overseeing the 2022 World Cup, which one international group expects to kill more people than the… » 3/24/14 6:17pm 3/24/14 6:17pm

Report: Qatar's World Cup Expected To Take More Lives Than 9/11

"Qatar is a country without a conscience," begins the International Trade Union Confederation's recent report on the working and living conditions of the 1.4 million migrant workers living in Qatar, many of whom are there to build stadiums and infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup. After reading through the report,… » 3/24/14 10:21am 3/24/14 10:21am

French Magazine Reports That Qatar Bribed Its Way To The 2022 World Cup

This is not new; from the moment Qatar was named the 2022 World Cup hosts, allegations have been made that FIFA committee members had accepted millions of dollars in bribes to make it happen. Some of those executives were even banned or quit in disgrace! So it's not outside the realm of probability. » 1/30/13 2:05pm 1/30/13 2:05pm