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World Cup 2022: Tournament set to start one day early with Qatar v Ecuador

The Group A opener was due to be played on 21 November at 16:00 GMT, as the third match of the competition.

The opening match of the tournament was to be Senegal against the Netherlands at 10:00, earlier on the Monday.

However, the administrative arm of world governing body Fifa has submitted a proposal to move the Qatar game.

It followed discussions with Qatar and their opponents Ecuador, after receiving a request from the South American confederation Conmebol.

Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat and FIFA put climate partnership into action

Key activities will include employing FIFA Legends to raise climate change awareness and adapting existing infrastructure in one of the world’s most vulnerable regions to make it more climate proof.

Shakhtar Donetsk demand £43m in damages from Fifa over lost transfer fees

In June, football's world governing body ruled that foreign players in the country could suspend their contracts following Russia's invasion.

The club have appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

"We had to do this because of Fifa's highly unfair ruling," Shakhtar Donetsk chief executive Sergei Palkin told BBC Sport.

"The consequences mean we will continue to lose significant income from deals we expected to close.

FIFA Foundation helps victims of war in Ukraine

An initial shipment of humanitarian supplies has already been delivered to the Ukrainian Association of Football (UAF), while a total of USD 1 million has been allocated for action to be taken.

The needs and response are being evaluated and developed in close coordination between the FIFA Foundation, the UEFA Foundation for Children, FIFA, UEFA, the UAF and FIFA member associations, as well as other football, sport and humanitarian stakeholders.

Familiar names head up Vanuatu’s group for Qatar

Auckland City FC defender Kaltak will wear the captain’s armband in his third World Cup qualifying campaign, joining Australia-based players Jared Clark and Mitch Cooper, as the overseas additions to a group otherwise made up of players from the Vanuatu domestic scene.  

Midfielder Cooper plays for Hume City FC in Melbourne, while Clark hails from Adelaide’s Croydon FC.  

Tangis, who sits in the top 10 for all-time appearances and goals for Vanuatu, is one of five Galaxy FC players selected. 

Fifa and Uefa suspend all Russian clubs and national teams

The world and European football governing bodies said they would be banned "until further notice".

It means the Russian men's team will not play their World Cup play-off matches next month and the women's team have been banned from this summer's Euro 2022 competition.

Spartak Moscow have also been kicked out of the Europa League and their last-16 opponents RB Leipzig will advance to the quarter-finals.

Uefa has also ended its sponsorship with Russian energy giant Gazprom.

Fifa investigating racist remarks

"It is completely unacceptable that England players were racially abused in Hungary last night," he wrote on Twitter.

Johnson urged FIFA to take "strong action against those responsible to ensure that this kind of disgraceful behaviour is eradicated from the game for good."

FIFA said it had opened disciplinary proceedings into the incidents at the match and reiterated an earlier statement reaffirming its zero tolerance stance against racism.

Sport bodies call for emergency evacuation of female players

Players are said to fear for their lives following the Taliban's takeover of the Afghan capital Kabul.

Players' organisation Fifpro is also calling for help.

The union said it was working with governments to establish an evacuation plan, adding: "The ambition is to bring as many people to safety as possible."

Fifa said the situation in Afghanistan "remains unstable and very worrying".

FIFA launches integrity programme

In line with FIFA’s overall vision of making football truly global, as well as its ongoing commitment to protecting and promoting the integrity of the game, the FIFA Global Integrity Programme is designed to improve education and build integrity capacity within all 211 Member Associations by sharing advanced know-how and resources with integrity officers.

The programme also reflects the UNODC’s objective of supporting governments and sports organisations in their efforts to safeguard sport from corruption and crime.

Breakaway footballers would be banned from World Cup

In a joint statement with European governing body UEFA and the other five continental confederations, FIFA said they would not recognise any such breakaway.

"In light of recent media speculation about the creation of a closed European "Super League" by some European clubs, FIFA and the six confederations (AFC, CAF, CONCACAF, CONMEBOL, OFC and UEFA) once again would like to reiterate and strongly emphasize that such a competition would not be recognised by either FIFA or the respective confederation.