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Wednesday June 26 2019
Totti World Cup ambassador?

Francesco Totti is reportedly being lined up as an ambassador for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

According to Italian news agency Adnkronos, the 42-year-old is a hugely-popular figure in Qatar and several members of its organising committee for the World Cup are pushing for him to take on the role.

Totti stepped down as a Roma director last week, announcing his 27-year association with his hometown club had ended at a fiery Press conference.

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Thursday June 20 2019
Duvan Zapata sends Colombia through

Atalanta striker Duvan Zapata was again decisive with a late goal that sent Colombia into the Copa America quarter-finals.

He had already found the net in the 2-0 victory over Argentina, but the Cafeteros were finding it surprisingly difficult to break down Qatar this evening.

That was until James Rodriguez – who is on the verge of a move to Napoli – whipped a ball over the top with the outside of the boot and Duvan Zapata powered in a header at the 85th minute.

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Wednesday June 19 2019
'Platini no longer in custody'

Michel Platini’s lawyer has confirmed that the former UEFA President is no longer in custody but hit out at fuss ‘being created about nothing’.

Platini was detained by French police on Tuesday morning, as part of an investigation into how Qatar were given the 2022 World Cup.

He later released a statement distancing himself from alleged corruption, and he has now been freed from custody.

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Tuesday June 18 2019
Platini denies corruption links

Ex-UEFA chief Michel Platini has pleaded his innocence after being implicated in possible corruption over Qatar’s awarding of the World Cup.

Platini was detained by French police on Tuesday morning, as part of an investigation into how Qatar were given the 2022 World Cup.

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Tuesday June 18 2019
Platini taken into custody

Former UEFA President Michel Platini has been placed in police custody for his role in the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar - but not arrested.

It was reported on Tuesday morning that Platini had been detained by French police as part of a corruption investigation into the bidding process for the next World Cup.

However, a spokesperson later clarified to CNN that he was only brought in for questioning and not charged with a crime.

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Tuesday June 18 2019
Report: Michel Platini arrested

It is reported Juventus legend and ex-UEFA chief Michel Platini has been arrested over his role in the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.

According to French publication Mediapart, Platini was taken into custody on Tuesday morning, specifically the Anti-Corruption Office of the Judicial Police (OCLCIFF).

It is there that he would have been drawn into the investigation over the awarding of the World Cup in Qatar.

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Tuesday May 14 2019
Qatari interest in Roma 'private'

An Italian news agency claims there is Qatari interest in Roma but that it stems from private channels.

Roma are sponsored by Qatar Airways, and it had been reported that the country’s fund for sports investments, Qatar Sports Investments, were ready to buy the club.

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Wednesday May 1 2019
Le Parisien: PSG owners turn to Roma?

Le Parisien claims Qatar Sports Investment are ready to scale back investment in PSG and purchase Roma because of Champions League failures.

The French newspaper maintains the Emir of Qatar and investors are unimpressed with the lack of progress in Europe, despite the huge amount of money funnelled into Paris Saint-Germain.

It is even suggested that he sees their disappointment as “harmful to his image” on the world stage.

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Thursday April 11 2019
Benatia talks up Roma return

Medhi Benatia has revealed that he could return to Roma one day but questioned Juventus boss Max Allegri. “Maybe he had problems with me…”

Benatia left Juve for Qatari side Al-Duhail in January, having fallen down the pecking order after Leonardo Bonucci’s return, and he suggested Allegri’s man-management left much to be desired.

“Allegri is a very good Coach if you talk about his career,” the defender told Gazzetta dello Sport.

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Wednesday April 10 2019
Qatar-Roma links intensify

L’Equipe is the latest publication to claim Qatar Sports Investments are interested in buying Roma.

Roma President James Pallotta appeared to shut down the speculation with a ‘fake news’ tweet on Tuesday.

However, L’Equipe has joined Milano Finanza and Corriere dello Sport in stating that interest from Qatar ‘does exist’.

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