FIFA World Cup 2022 news: England fans banned from Qatar, Luis Diaz injury, Paul Pogba-Kylian Mbappe latest

In a bid to crack down on hooligan behaviour at this year’s World Cup, over 1,300 England fans have had their passports temporarily revoked.

The fans, who have been subject to football banning orders, will be forced to hand over their UK passports in order to prevent them from travelling to the World Cup in Qatar, which starts next month.

Any attempts made by the “violent and abusive’ fans, according to a Sky News report, could result in six months in prison and fines.

“We are all looking forward to cheering England and Wales on in Qatar and we will not let the behaviour of a minority of lawbreakers tarnish what will be an exciting tournament,” said British Home Secretary Suella Braverman.

“Violence, abuse and disorder is not tolerated here, and this criminal behaviour will not be tolerated at the World Cup which is why we are taking this firm approach.

“As with all events of this nature, we are working closely with the host authorities on the safety of British nationals attending and on delivering a successful and enjoyable event.”


Liverpool and Colombia have suffered an injury blow as Luis Diaz has been ruled out until December – ending his World Cup campaign before it began.

Diaz, 25, left the Emirates on crutches following the Reds’ 3-2 defeat to Arsenal on Sunday.

A bad day for Jurgen Klopp’s side has got even worse as The Times report the winger is now out with a knee injury.

No surgery will be required, but a Christmas or January return looks likely – though it crushes the attacking weapon’s hopes of driving Colombia’s World Cup campaign in Qatar, which starts next month.

Diaz was seen sporting a knee brace after picking up a first-half injury in North London.


France’s World Cup defence is off to a rocky start well before they set foot in Qatar.

Controversy, and generally bizarre tales, never seem far away from France when World Cups roll around – think the explosive flameout in 2010, when players refused to train amid a mutiny against coach Raymond Domenech who, in an unrelated quirk, had a penchant for picking players based on their star signs.

But even for the French this one is mind-boggling.

The country’s two biggest stars – striker Kylian Mbappe and midfield maestro Paul Pogba – have become embroiled in a ridiculous saga that involves infighting, blackmail and… witchcraft.

You read that right.

Pogba was accused of hiring a witchdoctor to cast a spell on Mbappe – reportedly out of jealousy of his younger teammate.

Pogba was then part of a $20m extortion bid, led by his own by his own brother Mathias, which led to five men being charged.

The latest twist? That Pogba has admitted using the services of the witchdoctor, but that Mbappe was never his target… rather that he was looking for an edge to get over persistent injuries.

There’s never a dull moment with Les Blues.


Iran star Sardar Azmoun has insisted he is prepared to be axed from their World Cup squad after standing up for the repression of women in his home country.

Azmoun is also under a major injury cloud after picking up a calf injury while warming up for Bayer Leverkusen this week.

The club announced he is expected to miss between six-to-eight weeks after tearing his right calf, with Iran’s opening match against England just seven weeks away.

But earlier, the 27-year-old forward went against instructions from the Iranian FA which forebode members of the squad from speaking out over the death of Mahsa Amini – who died in police custody.

Protests have taken place across the country, with two men ejected from a friendly against Uruguay last month after they held up an image of Amini.

Then last Tuesday, protesters made their voices known with a megaphone outside the stadium during a behind-closed-doors match against Senegal.

One arrest was made after a car was struck – with the perpetrator injuring themselves in the process.

And Azmoun felt he could not ignore the situation, even if it cost him his place at the World Cup.

Speaking on Instagram he said: “Because of the national team rules we couldn’t say anything until the [World Cup training] camp was over. But I couldn’t bear it anymore.

“At worst I’ll be dismissed from the national team. No problem. I’d sacrifice that for one hair on the heads of Iranian women.”

He continued: “This story will not be deleted. They can do whatever they want.

“Shame on you for killing so easily; long live Iranian women.”



WORLD CUP fans face being unable to watch matches on TV in Qatar – because several hotels are refusing to pay the £24,000 broadcast fee.

Hundreds of thousands of supporters will spend big money to follow their country to the tournament, which kicks off on November 20.

But even if they have tickets for matches in the stadiums, they may struggle to catch the action for other games.

According to the Daily Mail, any bar or restaurant wanting to show the action must stump up £24,000 to host broadcaster BeIN Sports.

And it is unclear exactly how much it would cost hotels to make the matches available on TVs in rooms with no flat rate.

Supporters renting villas or apartments could also be left disappointed.


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