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FIFA is concerned that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have politicised football and could soon demand a meeting with footballing officials, Spanish daily Diario AS reported.

Riyadh's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir has rejected a proposal from Doha to create a European Union style security-block.

Liverpool fans' new Mo Salah song goes viral

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Liverpool fans' new Mo Salah song goes viral

The Anfield faithful have already created two chants in honour of Salah, with the latest addition - a reworking of Dodgy's 1996 tune 'Good Enough' - going viral online.

Gulf crisis simmering down, says France special envoy

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Gulf crisis simmering down, says France special envoy

A dispute between a Saudi-led bloc and Qatar has simmered down amid signs there is a desire to end the rift, France's special envoy for the Gulf ...

Dozens of police injured in Tunis stadium violence

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Dozens of police injured in Tunis stadium violence

At least 38 police officers have been injured in another after another incident of 'stadium terrorism' at a football game.

James M. Dorsey

Saudi Arabia and Iran battle it out in Azerbaijan

Comment: Saudi Arabia and Iran are extending their bitter rivalry beyond the Middle East, into the Caucasus, writes James Dorsey.

Uri Levy

Derby day drama: This week in Middle East football

Derby day drama took over Amman and Casablanca this week, while an underwhelming clash between the Arabian Peninsula's two biggest clubs was ...

Anthony Harwood

The FA has changed tack on Qatar's World Cup

Comment: Britain is hoping for $42 billion worth of trade in the Gulf post-Brexit, and Qatar is to be a major part of that, writes Anthony ...

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Seven years after Egypt uprising: Where is Mubarak now?

Seven years after Egypt's longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak was toppled during the January 2011 uprising where is the ousted veteran strongman now?

Saudi cleric issues clarification on abaya ruling after backlash

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Saudi cleric issues clarification on abaya ruling after backlash

A Saudi cleric has come under fire on social media over a ruling that women do not have to wear the loose-fitting abaya robe, prompting a ...

Uri Levy

Eyes on Morocco: This week in Middle East football

Morocco is shooting for the 2026 World Cup following an outstanding performance in the Championship of African Nations.

Saudis up in arms after couple filmed holding hands

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Saudis up in arms after couple filmed holding hands

A video of a newly-wed couple walking along the promenade of the Saudi city of Jeddah has stirred up a storm of controversy on social media.

Soccer breaks through the blockade of Qatar

Anthony Harwood

Soccer breaks through the blockade of Qatar

The Champions League of the Asian Football Confederation could be an opportunity for mutual respect amid the blockade on Qatar, writes ...

The Bitcoin ballgame: This week in Middle East <em>football</em>

Uri Levy

The Bitcoin ballgame: This week in Middle East football

The Asian Champions League kicks off, plus the return of Amoory - catch up with all the latest football news...

Thigh gape: Indian cleric bans women 'watching arousing footballers'

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Thigh gape: Indian cleric bans women 'watching arousing footballers'

Women should not watch football as they will be distracted by the players thighs decreed an Indian cleric.

Uri Levy

International transfer drama: This week in Middle East football

In football, January means one thing - the international transfer window, which means rumours, names, speculation and fantasy.

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This Saudi cleric thinks women watching football is sinful

The same Saudi cleric who said women must not drive because they half a quarter of a brain said women watching football is haram.

Diana Alghoul

Saudi woman breaks Aramco's glass ceiling, becomes top manager

Hanan al-Ayyan beat all obstacles and worked relentlessly to attain her position as head of refining, making her the first woman to tackle this ...

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British referee praised for pausing football during prayer call

Football fans heap praise on British head of Saudi football refereeing after his 'respectful' gesture during a Saudi King's ...

Bangladeshi forests stripped as Rohingya refugees battle to survive

Kaamil Ahmed

Bangladeshi forests stripped as Rohingya refugees battle to survive

Investigation: With a surging population and no alternative fuel available, trees are being cut down at an alarming rate, increasing the threat ...

Uri Levy

Saudi women welcome: This week in Middle East football

Women made history in Saudi Arabia this week, entering football stadia for the first time in the nation's history - but many fans ...

Egypt's President Sisi announces bid for re-election Egypt's President Sisi announces bid for re-election

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Egypt's President Sisi announces bid for re-election

Egypt's President Sisi, who came to power in a military coup, has announced his candidacy for re-election when the first round of polls open in ...

Tribal feuds spread fear in Iraq's Basra province

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Tribal feuds spread fear in Iraq's Basra province

In Iraq's Basra province, tribal feuds are driving some residents to leave the oil-rich region.

Qatar offers work to Salvadoran migrants expelled from US

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Qatar offers work to Salvadoran migrants expelled from US

In wake of Trump's decision to remove TPS for Salvadoran immigrants, Qatar responds with offers of work and residency.

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