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It's yet to happen, but when it does, surely the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will take some beating for a strange place to play the most prestigious sporting tournament in the world. Temperatures during the summer reach 50 degrees and the tiny alcohol restricted state will have to find some way to accommodate beer swilling fans from around the world.

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Moving the Qatar tournament would have a huge knock-on effect for domestic leagues

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Red Bull Ring

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The Christmas themed Truro Cathedral Shop opened in Truro today despite record summer temperatures

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More than 600 people have complained to the BBC after presenter John Inverdale suggested Wimbledon winner Marion Bartoli was “never going to be a looker”

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Inverdale remarked that the ladies' champion was 'never going to be a looker'

The Wigan team celebrate with the FA Cup (Ian Kingston/AFP/Getty Images)

BBC and BT Sport win rights to the FA Cup

ITV secure exclusive rights to England games from 2014

Luisa Zissman in the interview room on the Apprentice

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Warrington’s Lee Briers goes over for a try against Huddersfield

Cup specialists Warrington cruise into the semi-finals

Warrington 44 Huddersfield 24

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