World Cup Diary Day 2: England, USA, the Netherlands

Gareth Bale (left)Photo: Getty Images After eight years you forget what it’s like in the deep end of the pool, and all the things you imagined since the USMNT qualified actually play out on the field. And the feeling that you could kiss anyone in front of you swinging wildly to being able to take … Read more

FIFA boss Gianni Infantino laughs with Prince Mohammed bin Salman at Qatar World Cup

The sight of FIFA chief Gianni Infantino laughing with controversial Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the World Cup opening ceremony has sparked outrage among football fans and pundits. The governing body’s president was seen deep in conversation with the prince, also known as ‘MBS’, in the royal box during the opening of the … Read more

Infantino scolds World Cup critics in extraordinary diatribe

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Gianni Infantino said he feels gay. That he feels like a woman. That he feels like a migrant worker. He lectured Europeans for criticizing Qatar’s human rights record and defended the host country’s last-minute decision to ban beer from World Cup stadiums. The FIFA president delivered a one-hour tirade on the … Read more

Qatar bans sale of beer at World Cup stadiums in about-face

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Qatar banned the sale of beer at World Cup stadiums on Friday, a sudden U-turn on the deal the conservative Muslim emirate made to secure the soccer tournament with only two days to go before the opening game. The move was the latest sign of the tension of staging the event, … Read more