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Behold the Staggering Human Cost of Qatar’s 2022 World Cup Games

The Washington Post explores the toll paid by workers during the past five years of desert construction.

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FIFA is in a ton of hot water over major corruption charges that implicate the organization’s high-ranking officials and executives in money laundering, racketerring, and bribery schemes, among a number of other criminal indictments. This scandal may spell incredible losses for the international soccer association, which will hopefully (and finally) bring light to FIFA’s other less palatable, yet legally ambiguous ventures like its decision to host the 2020 World Cup in Qatar.

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Designers Skewer FIFA Sponsors to Highlight Worker Abuse

To protest treatment of the workers readying Qatar for the 2022 World Cup, activists target FIFA’s corporate backers.

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We’re still years away from the 2022 FIFA World Cup games slated to take place in the desert nation of Qatar, but already some observers are raising a red flag (or perhaps a red card) over the host country and its treatment of those hired to build the games’ stadiums.

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FIFA Headscarf Ban Crushes Olympic Hopes for Iranian Women's Soccer

The Iranian women's soccer team has been banned from Olympic competition, all because of uniforms. Who's to blame: FIFA or the Iranian government?


FIFA has just ruled that Iran’s women soccer team will not be able to compete in the Olympics because their headscarves violate the association’s dress code. The decision came right before an Olympic qualifier against Jordan last Friday. Iran’s football federation claimed they made changes to the team uniforms after a similar ban last year, but FIFA, the preeminent international soccer authority, has nevertheless deemed the team ineligible.

Since the decision, Iran president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called FIFA officials “dictators and colonialists,” and officials will protest the decision. But FIFA hasn’t budged, saying their decision was for “safety reasons.”

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