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Oct 4, 2013

FIFA should pick new 2022 World Cup host, trade unions say

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA should re-run the vote which elected Qatar as 2022 World Cup hosts and choose a venue which “respects workers” the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) said on Friday.

The ITUC added that an offer from FIFA president Sepp Blatter to pay a courtesy visit to the Emir of Qatar was an inadequate response to reports that dozens of migrant workers had died in the country over the course of the summer.

Oct 4, 2013

Soccer-FIFA should pick new 2022 World Cup host, trade unions say

ZURICH Oct 4 (Reuters) – FIFA should re-run the vote which elected Qatar as 2022 World Cup hosts and choose a venue which “respects workers” the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) said on Friday.

The ITUC added that an offer from FIFA president Sepp Blatter to pay a courtesy visit to the Emir of Qatar was an inadequate response to reports that dozens of migrant workers had died in the country over the course of the summer.

Oct 4, 2013

Soccer-No decision on Qatar World Cup before next year – Blatter

ZURICH, Oct 4 (Reuters) – FIFA has launched a consultation process to decide whether to move the 2022 World Cup in Qatar away from the traditional June-July slot and will not make a decision until mid-2014 at the earliest, president Sepp Blatter said on Friday.

Blatter added that FIFA “would not turn a blind eye” to allegations of labour abuses in Qatar following reports that dozens of Nepali workers had died on building sites in the country over the summer.

Oct 4, 2013

No decision on Qatar World Cup before next year – Blatter

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA has launched a consultation process to decide whether to stage the 2022 World Cup in Qatar outside the traditional June-July slot and will not make a decision until next year, president Sepp Blatter said on Friday.

“The executive committee decided to launch a consultation process among main stakeholders for Qatar 2022 dates,” Blatter said on Twitter. “No decision will be taken before 2014 WC (World Cup)”.

Oct 3, 2013

Trade unionists protest outside FIFA over Qatar workers

ZURICH (Reuters) – Trade unionists showed a symbolic red card to FIFA as they protested outside the headquarters of soccer’s governing body on Thursday over labour rights in Qatar, host nation for 2022 World Cup,

Around 100 protesters from Building and Wood Workers International (BWI) and the Swiss union Unia gathered at the front gates waving red cards as FIFA’s executive committee began a two-day meeting to discuss the tournament.

Oct 3, 2013

Soccer-Trade unionists protest outside FIFA over Qatar workers

ZURICH, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Trade unionists showed a symbolic red card to FIFA as they protested outside the headquarters of soccer’s governing body on Thursday over labour rights in Qatar, host nation for 2022 World Cup,

Around 100 protesters from Building and Wood Workers International (BWI) and the Swiss union Unia gathered at the front gates waving red cards as FIFA’s executive committee began a two-day meeting to discuss the tournament.

Oct 1, 2013

Draxler stunner sparks Schalke after Swiss protest

BASEL, Switzerland (Reuters) – Julian Draxler scored a stunning goal to earn Schalke 04 a 1-0 victory at Basel in a Champions League Group E game that was briefly interrupted by a Greenpeace protest on Tuesday.

In the fifth minute activists dropped down from the stadium roof on cables to unfurl a banner criticising Russian state-owned Gazprom, sponsors of Schalke and the Champions League.

Oct 1, 2013

Greenpeace protesters interrupt Champions League match

BASEL, Switzerland (Reuters) – Greenpeace protesters interrupted the Champions League match between Basel and Schalke 04 on Tuesday when they dropped down on ropes from the stadium roof and unfurled a banner protesting against tournament sponsors Gazprom.

Play was halted for around five minutes when four protesters wearing orange boiler suits and helmets descended slowly on ropes which they had dropped from the roof after a few minutes of play.

Oct 1, 2013

Soccer-Greenpeace protesters interrupt Champions League match

BASEL, Switzerland, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Greenpeace protesters interrupted the Champions League match between Basel and Schalke 04 on Tuesday when they dropped down on ropes from the stadium roof and unfurled a banner protesting against tournament sponsors Gazprom.

Play was halted for around five minutes when four protesters wearing orange boiler suits and helmets descended slowly on ropes which they had dropped from the roof after a few minutes of play.

Oct 1, 2013

Soccer-Stunning Draxler strike for Schalke sinks Basel

BASEL, Oct 1 (Reuters) – A stunning Julian Draxler strike gave Schalke 04 a 1-0 Champions League win at Basel on Tuesday, bringing the Swiss back down to earth with a bump after their shock victory at Chelsea last month.

A partially cleared corner fell to the 20-year-old 25 metres from goal, and although it came to him at an awkward height, he delivered a superb rising shot into the top corner after 54 minutes.