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Asian Cup host United Arab Emirates has been fined $150,000 by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Disciplinary and Ethics Committee for “fans’ unruly behaviour” during their AFC Asian Cup semi-final match against Qatar in Abu Dhabi in January 2019. During the game, Qatar players had to dodge shoes thrown by some spectators at Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium. The fans also made “insulting sounds” during Qatar’s national anthem in the politically charged game played amidst a 18-month…

Qatar would not be forced to share games with Bahrain, Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates unless those countries restore diplomatic and travel ties with the country. FIFA has ruled that Gulf countries would have to end the blockade of Qatar to be eligible to co-host the 2022 World Cup. According to an 81-page feasibility study, FIFA’s ruling council is in favor of supporting an expansion of the World Cup to 48 teams despite…

Qatar’s final position on the matter will be decided by its rulers, who may see political advantage in agreeing to include specific neighbouring nations. FIFA is considering plans to extend the 2022 World Cup to other Arab nations to increase the amount of teams taking part in the tournament. According to The New York Times, Qatar will still be the host nation, but in order to allow 48 teams to take part Kuwait and Oman…

In 2017, banks were warned that doing business with Qatar would lead to consequences, but now the tide has changed. With Qatar’s emergence as a major player on the world stage, bankers have criticized the GCC dispute stating it’s bad for business. Initially choosing to chase Saudi Arabia, leading banks are now trying to repair ties with Doha’s financial district. According to Bloomberg, executives from HSBC Holdings Plc, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and other global…

Qatar has won the Asian Cup by beating four-time winner Japan 3-1 on Friday, and achieving its first victory in a major international tournament. The Maroons landed at Doha’s old airport on Friday, after traveling via Oman as direct flights between Qatar and Asian Cup host UAE remain banned due to a 20-month blockade imposed by several Gulf countries. Upon landing, the players where welcomed by Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani. The players then…

The Qatari team has beaten both Saudi Arabia and the UAE on its way to the final of the Asian Cup football tournament. Qatar has beaten the United Arab Emirates 4-0 to reach the final of the Asian Cup. In a display of unsportsmanlike conduct, the game descended into chaos as UAE fans threw bottles, shoes and sandals at Qatari players during the match. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLdjvNrJDDY What’s more, the Qatar national anthem was booed by home…

Qatar’s new international assertiveness has led it into areas where Riyadh has for years been the dominant Gulf party and comes amid a succession of scandals to hit Saudi Arabia in recent months. Qatar continues to gain international recognition the world over, this time from the renowned Financial Times newspaper in the United Kingdom which highlights the country’s success since the Saudi-led siege took hold 18 months ago. According to the newspaper, Qatar is seeking…

The fake protest follows revelations that a PR firm in London offered cash to extras to form an “anti-Qatar event” near Downing Street during a meeting between the Emir and Theresa May. Qatar has found evidence of an “international smear campaign” after extras were offered US$100 to take part in a demonstration against the country outside the United Nations headquarters in New York. The fake protest follows revelations that a PR firm in London offered cash to extras…

The Emir pledged support which is aimed at helping the struggling nation, and follows a US$4 billion pledge to develop the Suakin port last year. Qatar’s Emir has offered support for Sudan’s “unity and stability” during a meeting with President Omar al-Bashir on Wednesday. According to Reuters, the support is aimed at helping the struggling nation and in part for access to the Red Sea. Last year, Qatar agreed a US$4 billion deal to jointly…

The Emir of Qatar’s first-ever visit to Lebanon took place on Sunday where he pledged to help the struggling nation. Qatar has announced that it will support Lebanon by buying US$500 million worth of Lebanese government bonds. According to Bloomberg, Lebanon’s struggling economy needs a cash injection to reassure bond holders over the possibility of debt restructuring. Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil shook bond markets recently when he told a newspaper the country may restructure…