By ADAM TROXTELL
Politicians in Europe have decided to officially add their names to the list of people unhappy about Qatar being awarded the 2022 World Cup, albeit somewhat late in the game.
Despite FIFA being cleared of any wrongdoing by a corruption investigation, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (Pace) has voted in favor of a resolution demanding that the 2022 World Cup bidding process be re-run. Pace, which is separate from the European Union, has no legal ability to force FIFA to re-do the bidding.
The resolution was drawn up based on a report by British representative of Pace, Michael Connarty. In it, he argues that the entire process of deciding who hosts the 2022 World Cup should be redone since the original bidding was “fundamentally undermined by illegality.”
“My report is recommending that recognition of the breach of law should mean re-running the process of choosing the country for the 2022 event,” Connarty said.
Here are some more news and notes to start off your Friday:
MOURINHO WARNS REAL MADRID OFF OF HAZARD
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has told Real Madrid to forget about any interest in the club’s star attacker Eden Hazard.
Mourinho was responding to reports this week that the Spanish club is interested in securing the Belgian’s services. He told reporters in a press conference that he doesn’t even believe Hazard would be interested in joining the reigning European champions.
“He likes Chelsea, he likes the team, he likes the league,” Mourinho said. “He made a commitment to the future of the team by signing a very good contract. I don’t think he’s interested in going.”
Real coach Zinedine Zidane recently said he is “keeping an eye” on Hazard, and Mourinho responded by saying he doesn’t care about the comments. Hazard has scored 18 goals and recorded 10 assists for Chelsea this season.
MESSI VISITS ITALIAN DOCTOR, REPORTEDLY FOR VOMITING PROBLEM
A doctor known well by some of Europe’s top players reportedly received a visit from Lionel Messi on Thursday.
Dr. Giuliano Poser told La Gazzetta dello Sport that Messi had paid him a visit, though he was not at liberty to say why. It is believed the doctor may have helped the Barcelona star cure an issue he has had with vomiting during matches.
“Lionel came here for treatment, too, but for professional reasons I cannot say what they were,” Giuliano told reporters. “I’ve been working with sportsmen for 20 years, even from other sports such as cycling and downhill skiing. Messi came here thanks to word of mouth among footballers and agents.”
Giuliano has treated Messi’s Argentine National Team teammate Martin Demichelis in the past, as well as current Villarreal striker Luciano Vietto. The doctor has heavy ties to Argentina, and said he has a good working relationship with national team coach Gerardo Martino.
FORMER EVERTON, MAN UNITED BOSS MOYES SOUGHT BY WEST HAM
David Moyes’ name is now being thrown around in the continued speculation over the managerial position at West Ham.
Sam Allardyce’s job at the helm of the East London club is reportedly unsafe, and the West Ham hierarchy has reportedly identified Moyes as the ideal candidate to replace him. Moyes is currently managing Real Sociedad in the Spanish Primera Division.
There is reportedly a statute in his contract, however, that allows him to speak to Premier League clubs regarding a return to the UK. A former colleague from Everton, scout Tony Henry, is now working at West Ham to set up transfer targets, a set-up West Ham hopes to use to convince Moyes of a return to the English Premier League.
Lyon attacker Yoann Gourcuff could recover from injury in time to appear for the club as this season ends. (REPORT)
Sunderland winger Adam Johnson was not suspended despite being charged for sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl, leading to calls for a fan boycott. (REPORT)
Tottenham is considering a retractable synthetic surface for its stadium remodelling plans, with hopes of hosting future NFL games. (REPORT)
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