FIFA to investigate Argentina over World Cup final behaviour | Qatar World Cup 2022 News

FIFA says Argentina potentially breached rules regarding ‘offensive behaviour and violations of the principles of fair play’. FIFA says it has opened disciplinary proceedings against Argentina for “offensive behaviour” during the team’s World Cup final triumph in Qatar last month. Argentina beat 2018 winners France on penalties to lift the trophy for a third time. … Read more

Patrick Vieira blasts Emiliano Martinez over ‘stupid decision’ to taunt Kylian Mbappe

There Martínez carried around a doll with Mbappé’s face taped to it, despite standing next to the Frenchman’s team-mate at Paris St-Germain, Lionel Messi. Martínez – who also caused shock with a lewd gesture with the Golden Glove trophy when he was awarded it after the final – has been heavily criticised, and Noël Le … Read more

What is a bisht and why was Messi wearing it at the World Cup? | Qatar World Cup 2022 News

EXPLAINER The emir of Qatar put a bisht on Argentina captain Messi during the World Cup closing ceremony. At the World Cup trophy presentation after Argentina’s win over France in the final on Sunday, Lionel Messi was offered a bisht, a traditional Arab cloak, to wear by the emir of Qatar. Messi allowed Sheikh Tamim … Read more

European Parliament ban will ‘negatively affect’ energy discussions, warns gas-rich Doha

Qatar has warned that discussions on energy co-operation will be “negatively affected” by its ban from the European parliament amid a bribery scandal.  “Qatargate” sent shockwaves through the EU after Belgian police raids found at least £‎1.3 million in cash that is suspected to have been used by Doha to buy influence in Brussels. Four … Read more

France camp in chaos with Raphael Varane and Ibrahima Konate latest to be hit by virus

Air-conditioning in stadiums, hotels and training facilities has been blamed in some quarters while earlier in the World Cup players, including the Brazil squad and, in particular United winger Antony, complained of sore throats and coughs. Many visitors to Qatar have struggled with Middle East respiratory syndrome which can cause flu symptoms. Temperatures in Doha … Read more

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By Andrew Quinn The first World Cup semi-final to ever involve an African team is nearly upon us, with Morocco facing its former coloniser France. Morocco have exceeded all expectations this tournament, clinching their place in the semi-final with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Portugal. That was only the fourth time that an African team … Read more

Morocco shirts sell out as World Cup fever grows | Qatar World Cup 2022 News

Doha, Qatar – Morocco’s unprecedented success at the World Cup has caused a welcome headache for shopkeepers in Doha’s Souq Waqif. Replica shirts of the North African team have sold out and there is a growing demand for more. In the days leading up to the tournament, shops lining the narrow alleys of the iconic … Read more

Saka dazzles, pressure gets to Kane and Mbappe goes missing

Substitutes Mason Mount (on for Henderson, 80) 7/10 – The Chelsea midfielder had only been on for a minute or so when he won the penalty that Kane skied over the bar.  Raheem Sterling (on for Saka, 79) 6/10 – Barely trained all week, but was sent on to try to rescue England after Giroud … Read more

Harry Kane’s missed penalty condemns Three Lions to World Cup defeat

England 1 France 2 By Jason Burt at Al Bayt Stadium Deja vu once more. Once again England are out of a World Cup but, this time, it was in a desperately agonising quarter-final defeat. This time, more than any other time, and against the world champions France, it felt very different. They were not … Read more

Foden and Saka to start in unchanged line-up

Marcus Rashford, who is England’s joint top scorer at the World Cup, is in line to start on the substitutes’ bench again, while Raheem Sterling, who only rejoined the squad on Friday, will also be on the bench. Southgate revealed that he has known his team and formation for the France game since Monday, saying: … Read more