Reports of poor conditions for Qatar’s migrant workers surfaced last fall. (Getty Images)

FIFA World Cup

Amid concerns over poor living conditions for migrant workers, FIFA is “upping pressure” on officials in Qatar ahead of the 2022 World Cup. Wall Street Journal writer Asa Fitch says the world football governing body has “demanded an update” on the improvement of conditions for foreign workers in Qatar, following reports from The Guardian and Amnesty International.

Bloomberg News reports that FIFA has “scrapped bonuses” for its senior executives. Writer Tariq Panja says the executives agreed not to accept bonuses after Domenico Scala, appointed head of a new audit and compliance body in 2012, argued the
FIFA Executive Committee creates a “risk of unethical behavior.”

The Guardian’s Gregg Bakowski says it is wrong to “deem the goalscoring of exploits of players in smaller top-flight leagues as less of an achievement.” Bakowksi is referring to the “flawed” system behind the FIFA Ballon d’Or. He says it is time that the Golden Shoe “be made available in a all sizes.”

Think Progress writer Travis Waldron discusses how to make events such as the World Cup, Olympics, and Super Bowl“cheaper to host.”

Associated Press Sports writer Gerald Imray explores what the 2010 FIFA World Cup did for South Africa’s national team. 

Clubs and Teams

Guardian writer Marina Hyde suggests that a “more robust approach to vetting prospective club owners would be useful,” in light of “convicted fraudster” Massimo Cellino’s attempt to take control at Elland Road.

Michael Laudrup’s exit comes at a bad time for Swansea City. (Getty Images)

ESPN FC writer Max Hicks discusses Swansea City’s “tough spot,” following Michael Laudrup’s “untimely” exit.

New York Times reporter Rob Hughes says Chelsea will be in “full stride in another year” when manager Jose Mourinho acquires the money to “go out and buy the big beast he needs in attack,” a striker.

Columnist John Crace affirms that Tottenham “cannot afford to be a 60-minute team.”

Compiled by INSIDER’s Nicole Bennett 

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