World Cup politics: Iranians hailed for protest, European teams slammed for armband U-turn
24 November 2022 | 10:05 am
Iran's football team dominate the front pages today after their courageous decision to boycott the national anthem during their match against England. Also, we look ahead to France's first pool match against Australia.
Dozens of people, including children, were shot dead on "Bloody Friday" amid nationwide demonstrations that were sparked by the death of a 22-year-old woman in September.
The World cup, now just under a week away, is the world's most-watched sports competition. But between accusations of corruption and rights abuses in this year's host country Qatar, the 2022 World Cup is arguably among the most controversial.
Sujan Begun came to Qatar from Bangladesh hoping to enable a bette rlife for his family. He returned in a coffin, with the circumstances of his death unclear to this day. Malcolm Bidali from Kenia came to Qatar to work - and ended up in prison. Today, he's back in Kenia and wants to help other migrant workers. Despite the attention surrounding the Soccer World Cup, change seems to be hard to come by in Qatar.
Argentina and Messi land in Qatar ahead of the World Cup
Qatar has been heavily criticized for its human rights record. Who is performing at the opening ceremony for the World Cup is still unclear. Rod Stewart said "it's not right to go there," but Jung Kook will perform.
We look at reactions in the British papers and illustrated press as Jeremy Hunt prepares to unveil the most severe budget in decades. Also, criticism pours in ahead of the World Cup and Qatari authorities are forced to apologise after a video showed them trying to shut down a Danish reporter's liveshot.
While Nigeria will not be featured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup, several players of Nigerian origin will be adorning the national colors of other countries at the World cup.
This week, we're focusing on Qatar and asking what the economic impact of hosting the FIFA World Cup could be. Can this be a transformative event for the gas-dependent country? Or will it be a financial abyss worth an estimated $200 billion? We ask Alexis Antoniades, an economics professor at Georgetown University’s campus in Qatar.
Authorities continue to crack down on activists in Thailand calling for reform to draconian lese majeste laws. Public interest has waned, and prominent activists say they are heavily monitored.
Sadio Mané has been ruled out of the World Cup. The Bayern Munich striker will not be flying to Qatar, unable to recover from a recent leg injury on time. A devastating blow for the Lions of Teranga.
The Gulf nation of Qatar is hosting the FIFA World Cup, even as human rights groups document the colossal loss of life among migrant labourers working on the country's massive construction programme. Moreover, Qatar's attitude to same-sex relationships has prompted calls for the Emirate to be shunned.
As we await the start of the Qatar 2022 World Cup, GuardianTV's HurriKane Andrew looks ahead to what could be an exciting month of football, despite all the controversies. We have a question for you though: which of the groups do you consider to be the Group of Death?
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