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Several trade unions will be protesting at the FIFA Congress tomorrow in Mauritius, in response to the football governing body awarding the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.

FIFA’s executive committee has dropped proposals to implement age limits for its members from a reform package that is due to be discussed at its annual congress on Friday.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has stated the proposed introduction of age limits for FIFA officials could be considered as a form of discrimination, as world football’s governing body prepares to vote on the final set of proposals in its two-year governance reform process.

Russian Premier League club Zenit St. Petersburg will open its new football stadium on schedule, as the vice-governor responsible for construction denies claims that the venue’s completion will be delayed by two years.

Bundesliga CEO Christian Seifert has criticised football’s governing body FIFA for being “politically driven” in awarding the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, according to Associated Press.

Alexander Djordjadze, deputy CEO of the FIFA 2018 World Cup in Russia, has said the country is struggling to improve its accommodation ahead of hosting the event.

Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) vice-president Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah has revealed talks are underway for a possible joint bid from the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries for the 2034 FIFA World Cup.

FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke has backtracked on comments that Sao Paulo could be stripped of World Cup host city status by guaranteeing that it will retain its key position at next year’s tournament.

The Swiss government is proposing to tighten anti-corruption laws, citing international sporting federations based in the country as targets of the suggested changes.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has admitted that hosting the 2022 World Cup in the heat of a Qatari summer is not “rational or reasonable”.

The president of Rio de Janeiro’s Court of Justice, Leila Mariano, has overturned the suspension of the awarding of the operating rights of the Maracana stadium to sports and entertainment company IMX.

Brazilian football club Corinthians have hit out at FIFA secretary-general Jerome Valcke’s warning that stadium construction work in Sao Paulo needs to “speed up” ahead of the 2014 World Cup.

FIFA has suspended eight Estonian footballers and has handed a lifetime ban to a Lebanese player following their involvement in match-fixing.