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Iran players remain silent during national anthem at World Cup lin apparent protest at Iranian regime

Iran players remain silent during national anthem at World Cup lin apparent protest at Iranian regime

Doha, Qatar CNN — Before a ball was even kicked in Iran’s World Cup opener against England on Monday, Iran’s players made a powerful statement. In what seemed to be a show of solidarity with those protesting back home, the players stood silent as the Iranian national anthem played out around the Khalifa International Stadium …

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Cristiano Ronaldo defends timing of controversial interview, says it 'won't shake' Portugal team

Cristiano Ronaldo defends timing of controversial interview, says it ‘won’t shake’ Portugal team

CNN — Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo has defended the timing of his interview with Piers Morgan, telling reporters on Monday it “won’t shake the changing room’s concentration and focus” ahead of the World Cup. “In my life, the best timing is always my timing,” Ronaldo said at press conference. “I don’t have to think about …

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England's Harry Kane and several other European captains told not to wear 'OneLove' armband at World Cup

England’s Harry Kane and several other European captains told not to wear ‘OneLove’ armband at World Cup

CNN — The captains of several European teams will not to wear “OneLove” armbands at the World Cup in Qatar due to the danger of receiving yellow cards. England, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland and Wales were set to participate in the “OneLove” campaign to promote inclusion and oppose discrimination. But those countries’ associations …

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European teams scrap 'One Love' LGBT rights armband plan at World Cup

European teams scrap ‘One Love’ LGBT rights armband plan at World Cup

Issued on: 21/11/2022 – 12:02 France, England, Germany and four other European teams at the World Cup on Monday abandoned plans to wear a rainbow-themed armband in support of LGBTQ rights, citing the threat of disciplinary action from FIFA. “FIFA has been very clear that it will impose sporting sanctions if our captains wear the …

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European teams abandon plan to wear armbands at World Cup

European teams abandon plan to wear armbands at World Cup

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — FIFA’s threat of on-field punishment for players forced World Cup teams to back down Monday and abandon an anti-discrimination campaign aimed at host nation Qatar. The captains of seven European nations won’t wear armbands supporting the “One Love” campaign in games after FIFA said the players would be shown yellow cards. …

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'It's not safe and it's not right.'  Qatar says all are welcome to the World Cup but some LGBTQ fans are staying away

‘It’s not safe and it’s not right.’ Qatar says all are welcome to the World Cup but some LGBTQ fans are staying away

Editor’s Note: A version of this article appears in Friday’s edition of CNN’s Meanwhile in the Middle East newsletter, a three-times-a-week look inside the region’s biggest stories. Sign up here. CNN — “I’m a man and I love men. I do – please don’t be shocked – have sex with other men. This is normal. …

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No alcohol sales permitted at Qatar's World Cup stadium sites

No alcohol sales permitted at Qatar’s World Cup stadium sites

DOHA Nov 18 (Reuters) – Alcoholic beer will not be sold at Qatar’s World Cup stadiums, world soccer governing body FIFA said on Friday, a last minute reversal which raised questions among some supporters about the host country’s ability to deliver on promises to fans. The announcement comes two days before Sunday’s kickoff of the …

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Qatar's World Cup denounced for 'washing' country's image

Qatar’s World Cup denounced for ‘washing’ country’s image

Qatar’s decision to launch itself into hosting the 2022 World Cup was a head-scratcher from the start. Why, some wondered, would a Middle Eastern kingdom with fewer than 3 million people and little soccer tradition want to host the sport’s biggest event? Skeptics say the country wanted to use the prestige of the World Cup, …

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