• Calls for exiled player to go to WCup stirs storm in Egypt

    CAIRO (AP) — Soon after Egypt qualified for its first World Cup since 1990, a hashtag began trending on social media: “Aboutrika to the World Cup.”

    Updated: 6:08 pm

  • World Cup bribery case opened against PSG president, Valcke

    GENEVA (AP) — The Qatari president of one of Europe’s most glamorous soccer clubs, Paris Saint-Germain, is under investigation by Swiss prosecutors for suspected bribery of a top FIFA executive to get World Cup broadcasting rights.

  • Qatar says its hosting of World Cup ‘not up for discussion’

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar on Wednesday strongly criticized Emirati officials for questioning Doha’s hosting of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, saying that the tournament “is not up for discussion or negotiation” amid a diplomatic crisis engulfing the region.

  • UAE official: Qatar review a must before 2022 FIFA World Cup

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Emirati minister of state for foreign affairs has commented on Qatar hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup in light of the diplomatic crisis between Doha and four Arab nations.

  • UAE official urges Qatar to give up World Cup to end crisis

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A top Emirati security official says the Qatar diplomatic crisis can end if Doha gives up hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the first time someone from the four Arab nations boycotting the country directly linked the tournament to resolving the monthslong dispute.