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Fifa president Sepp Blatter

Fifa will not take decision on switching Qatar tournament to winter until after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil

Uncertainty over the 2022 tournament set to continue as task force is set up

Premier League announce record season ticket sales

Junior tickets sales in particular saw a marked rise

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The Independent's chief football correspondent considers how the FA chairman's call for action might be realised
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Greg Dyke shifts FA’s stance to urge winter World Cup in Qatar

New chairman claims summer event in 2022 is impossible – and opposes Premier League position

Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger watches referee Anthony Taylor demonstrate the Goal Decision System (GDS) at the Emirates yesterday

Premier League brings in GDS to banish ghost goals

Goal-line technology to make domestic debut on Sunday but Arsene Wenger is yet to be convinced

Alvaro Negredo of Manchester City lies injured on the muddy pitch after being tackled

Manchester United warned over 'absolutely horrendous' pitch in Hong Kong

Manchester City beat Sunderland at the stadium on Saturday

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A view of Arsenal's Emirates Stadium where Man City fans protested after being charged £62 for tickets

Premier League accused of 'pure greed' by protesters

Fans marched on Premier League headquarters yesterday

Frank Lampard Scores 'ghost goal' against Germany at the 2010 World Cup, a match England would lose 4-1.

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard welcomes introduction of goal line technology

Premier League will use Hawkeye system from next season

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Wages and rich owners targeted in financial crackdown

Premier League limits 'Abramovich-style' losses but clubs are split over measures

Two into one can go: Fans of Premier League clubs will find plenty to enjoy in following a lower-League team as well

The Last Word: Supporting a second smaller club could be just the ticket

Forget the Cissé perfume that costs less than entry to Arsenal and smell proper football again

Chelsea 'regret' the Clattenburg saga

The Chelsea chairman, Bruce Buck, was left in no doubt as to the feelings of the Premier League's 16 Select Group referees over the Mark Clattenburg affair in a meeting with them on Monday that prompted yesterday's statement of "regret" from the club.

A view of Old Trafford

Premier League set to pass crowds landmark

The Premier League will pass the 250million fan mark at tonight's games - 20 years after its launch.

US forward Clint Dempsey has been training on his own

Rodgers reported by Fulham for public courting of Dempsey

Fulham have made an official complaint to the Premier League about the Liverpool manager, Brendan Rodgers.

Howard Webb leads tributes to former official Jack Taylor

Howard Webb hailed the legacy Jack Taylor left on refereeing in this country as tributes poured in for the former official who has died at the age of 82.

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