Sports World: Fossati threatens to quit as Qatar football coach

Fossati threatens to quit as Qatar football coach

DOHA • Jorge Fossati, the coach of Qatar's national football team, has threatened to resign if a plan being considered by the country's football authority (QFA) to exclude naturalised players from the squad is implemented.

The Uruguayan fears the move could damage Qatar's chances of qualifying for their first World Cup Finals in Russia in 2018.

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Give us time, say China's new badminton faces

HONG KONG • China's top badminton prospects called for patience yesterday and vowed to reassert the country's dominance after the unprecedented shock of failing to win any titles at last week's China Open.

"Some players are getting older and then there are the up-and-coming players. We need time and experience," said women's doubles player Li Yinhui, 19. "But that doesn't mean things are shifting away or we cannot maintain dominant position."

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English ex-footballers allege sexual abuse

LONDON • Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Paul Stewart and two other former footballers have come forward to allege sexual abuse at the hands of youth coaches when they were children.

Stewart said he was repeatedly sexually assaulted by a man who threatened to kill his family if he told anyone.

The 52-year-old joins former Crewe Alexandra players Andy Woodward and Steve Walters in speaking out about abuse they suffered.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 24, 2016, with the headline 'Sports World'. Print Edition | Subscribe