FIFA World Cup
This week's roundup of the biggest news stories features Jose Mourinho starting another row, a potentially unconventional festive season and the Premier League being put in its place.
Another step in the agonising process toward football's first winter World Cup was made on Tuesday when a FIFA task force recommended that the 2022 tournament in Qatar be held in November and December of that year, with some reports suggesting the event would only end two days before Christmas.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter has insisted the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will finish no later than Dec. 18 -- a move which could protect English football's traditional Boxing Day games.
UEFA has proposed playing the final at the tournament on Dec. 23, just two days before Christmas, to lessen disruption to its own international matches.
That sparked uproar in Britain as it would threaten the traditional festive club programme.
Blatter, speaking for the first time since a FIFA task force confirmed November/December...
FIFA's move to stage the 2022 World Cup in the winter continued to cause uproar with Premier League managers saying English football will pay the price.
A FIFA task force this week announced a recommendation of late November to late December, the final could be as late as Dec. 23 under a UEFA proposal.
The European Clubs' Association will discuss its next tactics at a board meeting in Geneva on Tuesday after FIFA ruled out paying compensation for the disruption to club competitions.
Reporters from the Sunday Times have responded to Sepp Blatter's allegations that racism is behind their investigations into the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, calling the FIFA president's comments "deranged."
Last June, Blatter hit out at critics who he said want to destroy football's governing body and blasted reports surrounding Qatar's 2022 bid as being tied to racism.
"There is a sort of storm against FIFA relating to the Qatar World Cup," Blatter said. "Sadly there's a great deal of discrimination...