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Everyone knows that the Assad regime – from father Hafez onwards – has employed torture and executions to preserve the doubtful purity of the Baath party

Roberto Martinez feels a winter World Cup in 2022 would be very hard for players to cope with mentally

World Cup 2022: Winter tournament would be mental nightmare for players, claims Everton manager Roberto Martinez

Martinez feels it would be very difficult to cope with the start of the domestic season before transferring their attentions to a World Cup in Qatar and then back again

Andy Murray recorded his first win since his comeback from injury after he beat Stanislas Wawrinka in straight-sets

Andy Murray records his first victory since comeback from back injury after straight-sets win over Stanislas Wawrinka

The reigning Wimbledon champion suffered defeat on Thursday to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga but recovered to beat the Swiss in Abu Dhabi

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Sam Cam firm slips into red

Zahir Belounis looks on during a news conference in Paris on Thursday

Zahir Belounis: Striker to sue his two former Qatari clubs for fraud, extortion of money and inhuman working conditions

French player arrived back from Qatar last week after being allegedly being stranded there for 17 months

Zahir Belounis: 'I'm fighting alone against the system. I don't have a salary. I have two daughters.'

Qatar relents and releases French footballer Zahir Belounis after outcry

Belounis has been stuck in Qatar after being refused an exit visa

The design for the first 2022 World Cup stadium, Al Wakrah, has been released, with many commenting on its resemblance to a vagina

The Accidental Vagina Stadium: Design for Qatar’s first 2022 World Cup purpose-built stadium released

As the design for the first of a series of new stadiums built for the Qatar hosted tournament is released, talk has moved on from the heat...

Foreign workers in Qatar are beholden to employers who sponsor their visas

Fifa must address abuse of 2022 World Cup workers in Qatar, Amnesty says

Fifa, international football’s governing body, must urgently address Qatar’s exploitation of migrant workers that has become “routine and widespread”, a new report warns.

Sand storm: Saoud Al Mohannadi, general secretary of the Qatar FA

Exclusive: Is Zahir Belounis a Qatari wage slave or not? Local FA break silence to dispute footballer's 'nightmare' tale

He has become a cause célèbre, the journeyman footballer who sought riches in Qatar but wound up "a destroyed man" because of unpaid wages, blocked from leaving the Gulf state that hopes to welcome thousands of visitors to the 2022 World Cup.

Aitor Karanka will be unveiled as the new Middlesbrough manager on Wednesday

Rene Meulensteen in pole position for Crystal Palace manager's job as Aitor Karanka heads for Middlesbrough

Crystal Palace are in negotiations with the former Manchester United first-team coach Rene Meulensteen as they close in on appointing a successor to Ian Holloway.

Barcelona players, including Cesc Fabregas, celebrate a goal

Barcelona extend deal with UNICEF which sees club pay charity £1.25m a year

The name of the charity is displayed on the back of the shirt

2022 World Cup: Sepp Blatter suggests Qatar could co-host tournament with Iran and UAE

There is uncertainty over when the tournament will be held due to the high temperatures in the summer

Sepp Blatter has admitted he is open to the possibility of staging the 2022 World Cup in more than one Gulf nation

Sepp Blatter: Qatar World Cup in 2022 could be shared by Iran and UAE

Sepp Blatter has admitted he is open to the possibility of staging the 2022 World Cup in more than one Gulf nation after revealing several countries had offered to co-host the tournament with Qatar.

Could Wayne Rooney, right, and Paulinho meet in a future Uefa Cup of Nations?

Comment: Brazil in the Uefa Cup of Nations? Would it be the end of the world?

The Way I See It: What would TV pay to show a New Zealand v Algeria World Cup final?

Michel Platini

Exclusive: Uefa plot to turn the Euros into alternative World Cup

Brazil and Argentina could be asked to join a new-look tournament

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