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Luis Figo pulls out of Fifa presidential race to leave two-horse race

theguardian.com — Luis Figo has pulled out of the Fifa presidential race with a stinging broadside against Sepp Blatter and the electoral process. After the Dutch FA president, Michael van Praag, also withdrew, as expected, Blatter is left with the Jordanian former Fifa executive committee member Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein as his only challenger.

Fifa should strip Russia of hosting 2018 World Cup, says Polish FA chairman

theguardian.com — Zbigniew Boniek, the chairman of the Polish Football Association, has said that Russia should be stripped of hosting the 2018 World Cup because of the conflict with Ukraine. "Hosting the World Cup in Russia is a disastrous mistake, it's a country engaged in war, who invaded another country," the former Juventus and Poland midfielder said in the run-up to next week's Fifa congress.

Qatar still failing migrant workers, says Amnesty International

theguardian.com — Amnesty International has accused Qatar of failing migrant workers and "promising little and delivering less" in terms of meaningful reform of its labour laws ahead of the 2022 World Cup.

Visa expresses ‘grave concern’ to Fifa over migrant workers in Qatar

theguardian.com — Visa, one of the World Cup's top-tier sponsors, has expressed its "grave concern" over the conditions for migrant workers in Qatar before the 2022 tournament. In the most strongly worded intervention yet from one of the eight top World Cup sponsors, the company called on Fifa to take urgent action.

Michael van Praag poised to stand down as Fifa presidential candidate

theguardian.com — Michael van Praag, who has been the most outspoken of the three challengers to Sepp Blatter for the Fifa presidency, is poised to stand down in an effort to coalesce support behind a single opposition candidate.

Tory MP Damian Collins tells major World Cup sponsors to pressure Qatar

theguardian.com — The Tory MP and Fifa reform campaigner Damian Collins has warned that big-name sponsors of the World Cup will have "blood on their hands" if they fail to pressure Qatar to improve conditions for migrant workers.

BBC demands explanation for arrest of crew investigating Qatar World Cup

theguardian.com — The BBC is demanding a full explanation from the Qatari authorities after its journalists were detained for two days while investigating the situation of migrant workers ahead of the 2022 World Cup.

Rugby’s rulers promise to take lead on stamping out homophobia

theguardian.com — World Rugby, the international governing body, has vowed to take a lead on stamping out homophobia in sport in the wake of a major study that showed the extent to which gay athletes and spectators risk abuse and discrimination.

England chairman Colin Graves endures a bruising day after KP-gate

theguardian.com — There have been less eventful first days at the office. Colin Graves, the new chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board, pitched up for his first day at the crease already feeling battered and bruised by the all encompassing Kevin Pietersen saga that threatens to suck the whole of the sport into its vortex.

Mohamed bin Hammam wants Fifa to investigate Sepp Blatter, too

theguardian.com — Mohamed Bin Hammam, the Fifa presidential challenger accused of giving cash bribes to voters, has accused his opponent Sepp Blatter of effectively approving the alleged payments and called for him to be investigated as well.
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May 22, 2015

RT @anoushasakoui: when you accidently email journalists your pr strategy for denying something thats true gu.com/p/496d7/stw

May 22, 2015

RT @martynziegler: Full story on new sports minister @tracey_crouch calling on Premier League to give more to grass-roots: itv.com/news/2015-05-2…

May 22, 2015

@tariqpanja @FT @KuperSimon Totally agree. Although there were some western bidders who privately believed Russia/Qatar would triumph.

May 22, 2015

@mattmcgeehan That little "Champions" display looks like something you might get in the reception of a provincial Travelodge.

May 22, 2015

RT @karlsentk: The England senior squad is not the greatest ever, but I can hardly remember such a broad selection of talent coming through the youth sides

May 22, 2015

This is mildly insane - Adidas created "content" for every World Cup eventuality: brandrepublic.com/article/134818…

May 22, 2015

@SiClancy Also, why is it difficult to comment on what others speak about?!

May 22, 2015

@tfalex1892 I remember that. Pretty extraordinary stuff, free and easy with generalisation. You can see it here: sportsbetting.myfreeforum.org/archive/what-a…

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