Sport The moment Fifa president Sepp Blatter revealed Qatar as winners of the 2022 World Cup bid

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Sexy singers and rolling balls fail to prevent another bore draw

It was about 20 minutes into The Preliminary Draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ that it became clear you would need a passion for consuming large amounts of mostly meaningless data or an in-depth knowledge of Brazilian music to get much out of it.

Hawk-Eye expected by start of 2012 Premier season

The Premier League is on course to use goal-line cameras in all its grounds in 12 months' time, its chief executive, Richard Scudamore, said yesterday. Providing that Fifa approves the technology when it is tested in March, Scudamore said there would be no barrier to introducing it for the 2012-13 season.

England handed eastern route to Rio

Poland and Ukraine stand in their way in 2014 World Cup qualifying group as Scotland and Wales are drawn together

Fear of chaos and crime dogs Brazil's 2014 carnival

Half-built stadiums, transport problems and rising street violence are threatening World Cup, writes Sam Green in Rio de Janeiro

Premier League poised for goal-line technology

Goal-line technology could be used in the Premier League as early as the start of the 2012-13 season.

Fifa set date for goal-line technology decision

FIFA will make a final decision on goal-line technology in March, according to president Sepp Blatter.

Blatter insists 'I am not a dictator' and plays straight bat to critics

Beleaguered Fifa president Sepp Blatter denied he ran Fifa like a dictatorship yesterday but refused to make any comment on his former ally Mohamed bin Hammam, who was banned from football for life on Saturday on corruption charges.

2014 World Cup dates confirmed by Fifa

The 2014 World Cup finals will start on June 12 and finish on July 13, FIFA announced today.

Uruguay rise to fifth in Fifa world rankings

Copa America winners Uruguay have moved up to fifth in the new FIFA World Rankings, their highest ever position and a move of 13 places from the last published list.

England could be drawn with France in World Cup 2014 qualifiers

England face the possibility that they might have to play France in the qualifying groups for the 2014 World Cup finals, which are drawn on Saturday night in Brazil.

Fifa demand answers from those linked to Mohamed Bin Hammam

FIFA have given all 25 Caribbean associations 48 hours to provide statements about the events at the meeting in Trinidad which led to Mohamed Bin Hammam being banned for life for bribery.

James Lawton: If Fifa now sees sense and strips Qatar of World Cup, it will be a case of just deserts

Qatar no doubt has admirable qualities even if you're not crazy about the drinking laws and those which make gay rights seem like they belong to another planet

Bin Hammam dismisses 'kangaroo court' for life ban

Mohamed bin Hammam has dismissed his life ban from football as being imposed by a "kangaroo court" and described the sentence as an act of revenge for his attempt to challenge Sepp Blatter for the Fifa presidency.

Bin Hammam gets life ban for offering bribes

The biggest bribery scandal in the 107-year history of Fifa snared its highest-profile victim last night when the most powerful man in Asian football, Mohamed bin Hammam, was banned for life. Bin Hammam, who was already suspended pending a full inquiry, had failed to co-operate with the official investigation into the cash-for-votes debacle, saying he was only prepared to defend himself in front of Fifa's five-man ethics committee.

Bin Hammam handed lifetime ban from football

Mohamed Bin Hammam was today banned for life from all football-related activity after being found guilty of bribery by Fifa's ethics committee.

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