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The desperation to reach the Premier League, and enjoy the unprecedented financial rewards that accompany membership of English football's top flight, is forcing a number of Championship clubs to cross a "dangerous line" in paying out more in wages than they earn in revenue.

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Fifa investigator Michael Garcia has said he will conclude his probe into alleged corruption by 9 June

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The former Manchester United and Real Madrid player ended his playing career last year

Less of your lip: Images of the Zaha Hadid-designed Al Wakrah stadium in Qatar, built for the 2022 World Cup, went viral in November after the sinuous folds of its curved roof were likened to female genitalia

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The controversy continues to increase surrounding the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups after allegations of mass corruption when a Sunday newspaper obtained millions of secret emails

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Fifa was accused on Monday night of conducting a selective investigation into allegations of widespread corruption surrounding Qatar’s successful bid to stage the 2022 World Cup – after it emerged that the official inquiry will be completed within days.

Blatter has been the president of Fifa since 1998

Qatar World Cup 2022: For failing to keep his Haus in order, Sepp Blatter must be booted out of Fifa

Sepp Blatter is used to winning but he did not want the 2022 World Cup to go to Qatar. For once, the arch-politician was outmanoeuvred. Fifa’s president is believed to have backed the US bid; had he got what he wanted, Fifa would not be in this public mess.

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Michael Garcia profile: The Fifa investigator into ethics and corruption

Michael Garcia is a former US attorney who became a household name after leading the successful prosecution against former Democratic Governor Eliot Spitzer, who resigned in 2008 after a high-profile sex scandal.

File: The FFA's David Gallop celebrates and waves to fans after the Socceroos victory during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Asian Qualifier on 18 June, 2013

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Sepp Blatter reveals Qatar as World Cup hosts

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Governing body’s ethics investigator will meet Qatar organisers to discuss latest allegations of corruption

Mohamed bin Hammam was formerly vice-president of Fifa and chief of the Asian Football Confederation

Qatar 2022: World Cup bid committee deny any wrongdoing and insist latest investigation into alleged payments will prove they won the World Cup fairly

Reports that a Sunday newspaper gained access to millions of emails that are said to show evidence of payments in return of votes has led to the bid committee releasing a statement to deny the claims

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