Early last week Oliver Kay of the London Times broke what was claimed to be an exclusive story. Kay claimed that Qatar was planning to launch a 24-team soccer tournament to be hosted by six cities in the Gulf States. The inaugural competition would be held in 2015 and then every two years after. Participation [...]
According to Europol, the deep-rooted character of football is stained by these recent developments. Professionals have cheated for money. They’ve dirtied the once-clear, pure waters of the beautiful game. But it’s just another byte. Just another gist. It did its duty. It filled some space for a few minutes, got people talking for a while. The headlines were made. ‘Match-fixing: Fabric of the game is threatened’. The tweet heard around the world.
“He’s a very proficient player and I’m sure he will add big volume to the club,” stated club President Nasser al-Khelaifi. (Hopefully a remark conveyed by an over-worked translator.)
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