Kenyan gets life for murder of US teacher in Qatar

A Kenyan security guard was sentenced to life in prison by a Qatari court on Tuesday for the murder of American teacher Jennifer Brown in 2012.

Alvine Moseti Anyona is expected to serve up to 20 years — a typical period for those sentenced to life in the Gulf state — and will then be immediately deported.

The court had offered Brown’s Pennsylvania-based family the option to choose the death penalty as a punishment but they declined, saying they were “not cruel”.

Brown, 40, was murdered in her company-provided home in November 2012.

She had only arrived in energy-rich Qatar two months earlier to teach at the English Modern School in the city of Al-Wakrah.

Anyona, who is married and has a young daughter, confessed to the murder.

But a friend of the defendant who was in court on Tuesday and wished to remain anonymous said that the Kenyan would appeal the verdict.

“He told me he was beaten and he had to admit it. He confessed under duress,” said the friend.

Anyona was not in the courtroom to hear the verdict.

The case has moved slowly through the Qatari legal system and was adjourned several times.

It was one of two high-profile murder cases involving foreign teachers that have recently passed through the Qatari legal system.

Last month, Qatar’s Court of Appeal upheld a death sentence against a local man convicted of the 2013 murder of British school teacher Lauren Patterson.

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Blatter warns Qatar over imported national team

FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Friday warned Qatar against trying to form an imported team for the 2022 World Cup they will host and labelled the foreign team it used at the world handball championships as an “absurdity”.

“The nation of 2.2 million faces the huge challenge of forming a competitive national football team by 2022. However, this cannot be achieved by quickly naturalising players,” Blatter said in a commentary for the FIFA Weekly journal.

He said that football’s world body does not allow this, unlike the International Handball Federation.

According to Blatter, Qatar’s players, who reached last weekend’s final at the handball world championships “contradict the spirit of a national team”.

The Qatar squad included players born in Bosnia-Hercegovina, France, Spain, Cuba and Montenegro. Several had played for other national teams prior to the tournament but handball allows players to play for more than one country.

“The fact that sport builds social bridges and brings cultures together cannot be stressed often enough,” said the FIFA president, who is campaigning for a new term in May’s election.

“However, what happened at this year’s men’s world handball championship in Qatar stretched this notion to the point of absurdity,” he said.

Under FIFA rules, a player has to have been born in the country he represents or his parents have to have been were born there. Otherwise, the player must have spent at least five years living there to qualify.

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Barcelona stars in new Qatar airlines advert

Its not a surprise when famous sports personalities are chosen to be brand ambassadors for clothing lines, sports brands, colognes ,deodorants , energy drinks among others.

It wasn’t much of a surprise when Qatar airlines decided to use FC Barcelona’s  Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Neymar, Pique  and Suarez  for an advertisement dubbed  “The FCB Holiday”.

This also coupled by the fact the Qatar airlines re the official sponsors of Barcelona Foootball club.

Critics say that the advertisement isn’t quite what it should be, however we believe everyone has their own taste and we will therefore let you be the judge. Here is the video.

Qatar World Cup should be played in winter – FIFA boss

FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke has again indicated that the 2022 World Cup should be played in winter to avoid the blazing summer heat in Qatar.

“I think it has also been confirmed by other members of the executive committee that the World Cup would be played in winter,” he said in an interview with France-Info radio on Wednesday.

“Which part of the winter? Would it be the start of the year 2022 or the end? There is a task force which will meet in Doha in a few weeks to discuss this and then in March the FIFA executive committee should take a final decision on which period and the exact dates.”

He added: “The IOC (International Olympic Committee) is concerned over (a clash with) the 2022 Winter Olympics and we will take that into account. We will listen to the leagues, the clubs, the players, the medical commission, the whole world of football, but it is seven years away and we can live with that (a winter World Cup).”

The main objection to playing the tournament in high summer is that temperatures in the Gulf state frequently soar in the high 40s Celsius, making playing conditions difficult and raising health concerns.

In November, Valcke set up a working group to examine the question and spoke of two options, January to February and November to December, but said he had also asked FIFA to examine the possibility of the tournament going ahead in May 2022.

Last month, the European Clubs Association and European Professional Football Leagues indicated a strong preference for playing the World Cup from May to June 2022.

On Tuesday, a report by the Council of Europe called on FIFA to revote on the “radically flawed” decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.

Damaging revelations concerning the bidding process mean that “FIFA cannot evade the obligation to hold a new vote,” according to the draft resolution by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).

Since the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar in 2010, both the country and FIFA have been dogged by controversy.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter, however, insisted last month “it would really need an earthquake” to go back on the decision.

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EPL chief prefers the world cup to be played in summer

Comments from soccer officials have indicated the tournament could be moved to the winter due to the region’s extreme summer heat, even though such a move would cause scheduling conflicts with domestic leagues, including the Premier League, which runs from August to May.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter says that he prefers that the cup be played in November and December, citing the Winter Olympics.

Speaking to BBC  “We cannot play the World Cup in summer,” said Blatter. “The date which is the most convenient is the end of the year because to play at the beginning of 2022 is when the Winter Olympics take place.”

The Association of European Professional Football Leagues, which includes the Premier League, is adamant that the tournament played in the “summer period.

Source: Sports illustrated