March 31 – Amnesty International says migrant workers building Qatar’s showpiece Khalifa International Stadium have suffered “systematic abuses” and blasts the government and FIFA for ignoring the problems. Mark Bisson reports.
March 21 – Qatar World Cup organizers are exploring the idea of accommodating some football fans in Bedouin-style desert camps. Mark Bisson reports
Feb. 5 – Theo Zwanziger, former head of the German FA, was within his right to call Qatar a “cancerous growth of world football”, according to a Dusseldorf court.
Dec.2 – Five years to the day since Qatar secured 2022 World Cup hosting rights, Amnesty International says the Gulf nation has done little to “address rampant migrant labour abuse”. Mark Bisson reports.
Oct. 15 – A senior Qatar World Cup official says Gulf nation has not been contacted by Swiss authorities examining 2022 bidding process… Qatar 2022 talks stadium progress. Kevin Nutley reports from Doha
Sept. 14 – Loretta Lynch won’t say if outgoing president Sepp Blatter is targeted in expanding probe into FIFA corruption – but she expects more charges against “individuals and entities”. Mark Bisson reports.
Aug. 13 – Gulf nation’s bid book plans for 12 World Cup stadiums set to be scaled back, with a decision due by year’s end.
July 28 – FIFA searches for independent chairman from outside football for new reforms task force… Blatter won’t travel to IOC Session for crunch 2022 Olympic vote… Putin says FIFA chief deserves Nobel Prize. Mark Bisson reports.
(WFI) Figures at the center of controversies looming over world football … U.S., Switzerland probe FIFA.
June 4 – As the eccentric former FIFA top dog Chuck Blazer admits he and others on the ruling body accepted 2010 World Cup bribes, the FBI confirms it’s now investigating Russia and Qatar bidding scandal. Mark Bisson reports.