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Newly-elected International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach believes switching Qatar’s 2022 FIFA World Cup to a winter tournament will not affect the winter Olympics staged in the same year.

St. Petersburg officials responsible for the construction of a new $1.1 billion stadium – to be used in the 2018 FIFA World Cup – have reportedly cancelled the contract with its developer Transstroy.

A Brazilian judge has proposed that the Amazonia Arena in Manaus should be used as a prisoner processing centre after its hosting of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, amid fears that the facility could become a ‘white elephant’.

FIFPro secretary-general Theo van Seggelen has stated football stakeholders should be more concerned by potential heat issues at next year’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil, before debating Qatar’s 2022 hosting of the tournament.

The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) has expressed an interest to FIFA to host its World Youth Championship.

FIFA World Cup 2022 host Qatar has maintained that is committed to delivering the cooling technology it promised for its staging of the event, regardless of whether it remains in its current calendar slot or is switched to a winter event.

UEFA president Michel Platini has revealed that FIFA is not likely to make a decision on scheduling a winter date for its 2022 World Cup in Qatar at its upcoming meeting.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is confident that FIFA will discuss possible dates for its 2022 Qatar World Cup before making a final decision, in order to avoid clashing with the winter Olympics.

FIFA vice-president Jim Boyce has confirmed that UEFA members have agreed to support the Qatari 2022 World Cup to be held in winter.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has claimed that European politicians put pressure on FIFA members to vote for Qatar’s bid to host the 2022 World Cup.

FIFA has rejected Football Federation Australia (FFA)’s calls for financial compensation should Qatar’s 2022 World Cup be moved to winter.

FIFA’s medical committee chairman Michel D’Hooghe has recommended for Qatar’s 2022 World Cup be moved to the winter when the body’s executive committee meets to discuss the issue next month.

Football Federation Australia (FFA) has requested FIFA for “just and fair” compensation for failed bidders of the 2022 World Cup and for disrupted domestic leagues should it move the tournament to winter.

Hassan Al Thawadi, Qatar’s secretary-general for its FIFA 2022 World Cup organising committee, has insisted that its hosting rights for the tournament was won within the rules of bidding.

The Association of European Professional Football Leagues (EPFL) has called on FIFA to avoid making a “hasty decision” for the organisation of the 2022 World Cup.

Brazil sports minister Aldo Rebelo has defended the construction of Natal’s Dunas Arena for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, stating that it will be completed on time and will not become a ‘white elephant’ following the tournament.

FIFA head of media Pekka Odriozola has resigned after eight years working for football’s governing body.

FIFA general-secretary Jerome Valcke expects a record number of purchased tickets in the first phase of sales for the 2014 Brazilian World Cup.

FIFA has revealed that its Transfer Matching System (TMS) recorded a reduced number of international player transfers, but an increase in spending, during the 2013 player transfer window.

FIFA has welcomed a proposed meeting between the Israeli Football Association (IFA) and the Palestinian Football Association (PFA) to agree a memorandum of understanding allowing the movement of persons and goods for football purposes in and out of Palestine.

UEFA president Michel Platini has revealed that he is still uncertain over submitting his candidacy to become the next FIFA president when current head Sepp Blatter’s term ends in 2015.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter expects its executive committee of football’s global governing body to approve shifting the 2022 World Cup from its traditional summer slot.

The Brazilian government has expressed its concern that some hotels listed on FIFA’s website for the 2014 World Cup plan significant price increases during the tournament.

Seven host cities for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand have been named today.