Daily Maverick – collection


The Qatarstrophe continues

A former FIFA official has revealed that he found Qatar to be the only “high risk” option out of the bidders for the 2022 World Cup. Kuwait wants to introduce “gay testing” for Gulf states, which would see gay fans and footballers barred from attending the World Cup, despite this being contradictory to FIFA’s “tolerance policies”. The shamefulness of it all is staggering, while FIFA continues to pussyfoot around the big issues.

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Should every team play World Cup qualifiers?

Last week, Afghanistan continued their underdog rise and qualified for the 2015 World Cup to be played in Australia and New Zealand. It’s an endearing story which has touched the hearts of many, and a team that five years ago played in division five of the World Cricket League is now set for their World Cup debut. It’s another reminder that associates and affiliates deserve more opportunities than they are given.

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Soccer: From ‘Arsene who?’ to ‘Arsene – who else?’

Arsenal beat Napoli 2-0 at the Emirates on Tuesday night. The win was their tenth on the trot and happened on the 17th anniversary of Arsene Wenger walking through the marble halls at Highbury. Sure, he’s made mistakes, but he has managed to engineer a rather remarkable turnaround from that defeat against Aston Villa on the opening day of the season.

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Let’s all share broadcasting revenue

The BCCI and CSA are still undecided over the former’s scheduled tour to South Africa later this year. One of the primary factors at play is the revenue a touring India side brings to the country that hosts it. It’s becoming increasingly clear, then, that the revenue sharing for cricket needs another look.

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