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Nov 30, 2014

Palestine FA head wants FIFA to give Israel ‘red card’

MANILA (Reuters) – Palestine Football Association president Jibril Al Rajoub called on FIFA to sanction Israel and show them “the red card” after Israeli soldiers stormed his organisation’s offices last week.

Al Rajoub, speaking after collecting the Asian Football Confederation’s National Team of the Year award on Sunday, said three armoured cars turned up at his offices and that he notified FIFA President Sepp Blatter of the incident.

Nov 30, 2014

Soccer-Palestine FA head wants FIFA to give Israel “red card”

MANILA, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Palestine Football Association president Jibril Al Rajoub called on FIFA to sanction Israel and show them “the red card” after Israeli soldiers stormed his organisation’s offices last week.

Al Rajoub, speaking after collecting the Asian Football Confederation’s National Team of the Year award on Sunday, said three armoured cars turned up at his offices and that he notified FIFA President Sepp Blatter of the incident.

Nov 30, 2014

Asia will feel positive impact of Qatar 2022 – official

MANILA (Reuters) – The head of the Qatar 2022 World Cup committee said on Sunday that the gulf nation was already feeling the benefits of staging the tournament.

Hassan Al Thawadi also assured Asian Football Confederation members they too would also feel the positive affects of a first World Cup in the Middle East.

Nov 30, 2014

Soccer-Asia will feel positive impact of Qatar 2022 – official

MANILA, Nov 30 (Reuters) – The head of the Qatar 2022 World Cup committee said on Sunday that the gulf nation was already feeling the benefits of staging the tournament.

Hassan Al Thawadi also assured Asian Football Confederation members they too would also feel the positive affects of a first World Cup in the Middle East.

Nov 30, 2014

Qatar will host 2022, says defiant Blatter

MANILA (Reuters) – A defiant FIFA President Sepp Blatter declared there was no moving the 2022 World Cup form Qatar, despite widespread concerns about the bidding process that took the tournament to the Middle East for the first time.

“2022, it is Qatar, and ladies and gentleman, believe me, with all that has been said around the world by whom? Those not involved with what happens in football. The World Cup in 2022 will be played in Qatar,” the 78-year-old Swiss told Asian Football Confederation members in Manila on Sunday.

Nov 30, 2014

Soccer-Qatar will host 2022, says defiant Blatter

MANILA, Nov 30 (Reuters) – A defiant FIFA President Sepp Blatter declared there was no moving the 2022 World Cup form Qatar, despite widespread concerns about the bidding process that took the tournament to the Middle East for the first time.

“2022, it is Qatar, and ladies and gentleman, believe me, with all that has been said around the world by whom? Those not involved with what happens in football. The World Cup in 2022 will be played in Qatar,” the 78-year-old Swiss told Asian Football Confederation members in Manila on Sunday.

Nov 30, 2014

Saudi spitter slapped with eight-match cup ban – report

MANILA (Reuters) – AFC player of the year nominee Nasser Al Shamrani has been banned for eight matches for spitting and head butting an opponent after the final of the AFC Champions League earlier this month, Arabic media reported on Sunday.

The Saudi striker’s ban, the least he could have received after being found guilty, is only for matches in the AFC Champions League, meaning he will be free to represent his country at the Asian Cup in January and his club Al Hilal in domestic competition, the report said.

Nov 30, 2014

Soccer-Saudi spitter slapped with eight-match cup ban – report

MANILA, Nov 30 (Reuters) – AFC player of the year nominee Nasser Al Shamrani has been banned for eight matches for spitting and head butting an opponent after the final of the AFC Champions League earlier this month, Arabic media reported on Sunday.

The Saudi striker’s ban, the least he could have received after being found guilty, is only for matches in the AFC Champions League, meaning he will be free to represent his country at the Asian Cup in January and his club Al Hilal in domestic competition, the report said.

Nov 29, 2014

Soccer-Decision on next Asian Cup hosts unlikely before mid-2015

MANILA, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Qatar will stage the AFC’s under-23 championships in 2016, which will also serve as an Olympic qualifier, but the wait to find out who will host the expanded 2019 Asian Cup will go on until sometime next year.

Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa said a date had not been set for a decision on whether Iran or United Arab Emirates would host the 24-team showpiece event.

Nov 29, 2014

AFC head wants part publication of Garcia report; backs Qatar

MANILA (Reuters) – Asian soccer chief Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa said any non confidential aspects of the report into the bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups should be made public as he defended Qatar and FIFA in the wake of criticism.

FIFA has been heavily criticised following a report by U.S. attorney Michael Garcia into alleged corruption in the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar.