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Qatari promises of labour reform ring hollow amid revived corruption allegations
By James M. Dorsey A promise by Qatari labour and social affairs minister
Abdullah Saleh Mubarak al-Khulaifi to reform the Gulf state’s controversial
kafala or labour sponsorship system by the end of this year is likely to cut
little ice with human rights a...
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HARESH SAYS: When (AFC) silence is not golden
HARESH SAYS: When silence is not golden As published in Malay Mail today HARESH SAYS by Haresh Deol A SENIOR official claims a senior colleague suggested to “hide or tamper” documents. On any other day, such accusations will warrant a full investigation. Bu...
Malay Mail had last Saturday revealed AFC financial director Bryan Kuan Wee Hoong, in a video recording on July 26, 2012, claimed AFC general secretary Datuk Alex Soosay said “protect me” before suggesting “can you tamper or hide documents that relate to me”. Kuan had, in the video, ...
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Velappan questions why probe video was not reported (JMD quote in Malay Mail)
By Haresh Deol KUALA LUMPUR — A former Asian Football
Confederation (AFC) stalwart has questioned why the “tamper or hide”
allegations by a senior AFC official during an internal audit in 2012 were not
highlighted and investigated.  Datuk Peter Velappan, wh...
A video interview by Fifa investigator Michael John Pride which was obtained by Malay Mail last week, had Kuan claiming AFC general secretary Datuk Alex Soosay told him “protect me” before asking “can you tamper or hide documents that relate to me?” The video was recorded on July 26, 2012.
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Malay Mail: Explosive ‘tamper or hide’ AFC probe video surfaces / Soosay: Where’s this coming from, why now?
Explosive ‘tamper or hide’ AFC probe video surfaces By Haresh Deol  KUALA LUMPUR — The general secretary of the Asian Football
Confederation (AFC) allegedly attempted to "tamper or hide" documents
during the 2012 internal audit that was triggered by claims ...
KUALA LUMPUR — The general secretary of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) allegedly attempted to "tamper or hide" documents during the 2012 internal audit that was triggered by claims of corrupt practices by then president Mohammad Hammam, reveals evidence obtained by Malay Mail.
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Egyptian death sentence for soccer fans puts president’s iron grip to the test
By James M. Dorsey Egyptian-general-turned-president Abdel Fattah al Sisi’s
iron grip on dissident is likely to be put to the test with the sentencing to
death of 11 soccer fans for involvement in a politically loaded football brawl
three years ago that lef...
Egyptian-general-turned-president Abdel Fattah al Sisi's iron grip on dissident is likely to be put to the test with the sentencing to death of 11 soccer fans for involvement in a politically loaded football brawl three years ago that left 74 militant supporters of storied Cairo club Al Ahli SC ...
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Questions about Qatar’s World Cup hosting get renewed boost
By James M. Dorsey A planned anti-Qatari protest ahead of a match between
Chelsea and Manchester United, the first major fan demonstration against the
2022 World Cup host, and the imminent publication of a Sunday Times book
documenting Qatari political inte...
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AFC’s Salman re-elected amid renewed corruption and governance questions
Sheikh Salman with Alex Soosay in Bahrain By James M. Dorsey Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa has been elected
president of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) for a second term and vice
president of world soccer body FIFA amid unanswered questions a...
Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa has been elected president of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) for a second term and vice president of world soccer body FIFA amid unanswered questions about the AFC's handling of corruption investigations and his apparent failure to enforce good ...
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Political Violence: Retiring the Word Terrorism
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Alleged AFC cover-up effort highlights Asian soccer’s lack of proper governance
By James M. Dorsey A senior executive of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC)
allegedly requested in 2012 at least one of his subordinates to tamper with or
hide documents related to enquiries by independent auditors and FIFA into
management of the group ...
A senior executive of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) allegedly requested in 2012 at least one of his subordinates to tamper with or hide documents related to enquiries by independent auditors and FIFA into management of the group by Mohammed Bin Hammam, the AFC's ousted president and ...
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Israel chides club for racism in bid to fend off FIFA suspension
By James M. Dorsey Israel’s Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC)
has demanded that notoriously racist club Beitar Jerusalem, the bad boy of
Israeli soccer, retract recent statements that it would maintain its policy of
not hiring Palestinian pla...
Israel's Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC) has demanded that notoriously racist club Beitar Jerusalem, the bad boy of Israeli soccer, retract recent statements that it would maintain its policy of not hiring Palestinian players because of opposition by the team's militant, ...
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Global Soccer’s Backslapping, Backstabbing Backroom Deal-making Politics
Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah By James M. Dorsey Presidential elections and tournament hosting in the world
of soccer appear to be seldom won on the merits of a candidate or bidder’s
proposition. Instead, the outcome of polls and bids are frequently the re...
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Egypt moves closer to labelling soccer fans as terrorists
Source: Heba Khamis/AP By James M. Dorsey Egypt has moved closer to banning as terrorist organizations
militant soccer groups that form the backbone of opposition to autocratic rule
with the arrest and pre-trial detention of five alleged members of the Ultr...
Egypt has moved closer to banning as terrorist organizations militant soccer groups that form the backbone of opposition to autocratic rule with the arrest and pre-trial detention of five alleged members of the Ultras White Knights (UWK), the highly-politicized, street battle-hardened support ...
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