Russia intends to use prisoners to help build stadiums and infrastructure for the 2018 World Cup and bring costs down.
A bill drafted by a member of the ruling party, United Russia, with the backing of the country's prison service, would allow contractors to use convicts in their projects.
"It'll help in the sense that there will be the opportunity to acquire building materials for a lower price, lower than there is currently on the market," Alexander Khinshtein told The Associated Press.
The Russian government is currently under pressure for the event's projected cost of 640bn roubles (£8.2bn).
Under the plans, convicts would continue to live in prison, travelling to work each day. They would earn roughly £190 per month.
A BBC news crew has been arrested in Qatar while on an official visit to the country.
The crew were among other members of the press invited to tour new workers' accommodation, following ongoing international outcry at the poor conditions faced by the men building infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup.
However, the crew found themselves arrested by Qatari security services, and jailed and aggressively interrogated for two days.
In an article for the BBC, Middle East business correspondent Mark Lobel spoke of "hostile" questioning.
He wrote: "Thirteen hours of waiting around and questioning later, one of the interrogators snapped. 'This is not Disneyland,' he barked. 'You can't stick your camera anywhere.'"
In a statement, the Qatari government said: "By trespassing on private property and running afoul of Qatari laws, the BBC reporter made himself the story. We sincerely hope that this was not his intention.
"Moreover, we deeply regret that he was unable to report the real story, which is that the government and the private sector are making significant progress in efforts to improve the lives and the labour conditions of guest workers in Qatar."
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England's football team should boycott the 2022 World Cup in Qatar in protest over the country's human rights record, the Green Party has said.
Leader Natalie Bennett added her voice to a growing chorus of calls for the team to refuse to take part in the Gulf state-hosted event, amid anger over the gay rights and the exploitation of workers, as well as alleged corruption during the bidding process.
Homosexuality is banned in the country.
In an interview with the Gay Times, Ms Bennett was asked whether England should travel to Qatar.
Personally no, that's my personal opinion. I think there are so many issues around Qatar - gay rights issues, workers' rights issues.
She also called for action to address the "cultural problem" of homosexuality in sports as a whole, with athletes only coming out as gay once they have finished competing.
Neil Phillips, the team doctor for England's victorious 1966 World Cup campaign, has died at the age of 83, the Football Association has announced.
Manager Sir Alf Ramsey promoted Phillips from his role as Under-23 team doctor just before the '66 World Cup as seniors doctor Alan Bass had run out of holiday and could not join up with the squad for their preparation camp in Lilleshall.
Phillips, who was born in Tredegar in south Wales, was England's team doctor for the defence of the Jules Rimet trophy four years later in Mexico and left the FA in 1974 following Ramsey's departure.
Phillips was a former director at Middlesbrough and also used to have a surgery in Redcar.
A service of thanksgiving will take place on Wednesday April 8 in Dr Phillips' home town of Malvern in Worcestershire.
The FA said: "Our thoughts are with Neil's family and friends at this sad time."
Brazil's World Cup stadium in Natal is up for sale as the company that owns it is suffering from cash flow problems following a corruption scandal.
Natal's Dunas arena is being sold by owner Grupo OAS, with the company also trying to sell the 50 percent share it owns of the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador.
The company has struggled for months with the impact of a corruption investigation at state-controlled oil company Petrobras, which undercut the builder's access to financing.
An economic downturn, government austerity and a slumping currency has also taken its toll, leading to Grupo OAS to announce it is selling its stakes in the stadiums and other businesses to focus on the core construction business.
Uefa has announced it wants an extra place to be given to a European country at World Cup finals.
Europe currently has 13 countries among the 32 final spots but Fifa president Sepp Blatter has previously urged other continents to seek more guaranteed places.
Uefa's general secretary Gianni Infantino said not only would the 13 places be protected but that Europe would fight for an extra slot.
He told a news conference in Vienna: "If you look at it objectively based on facts 19 of the top 32 ranked associations are European, the winners of the last three World Cups were European.
"So I think it's absolutely objective and fair to be asking for one more position only - in fact we could ask for more than one. To be crowned world champions you must have the best teams in the competitions."
He added: "I don't know if Fifa is trying to reduce the number, I don't think so - I cannot imagine a World Cup with fewer than 13 (Europeans) taking place. Whatever speculations and discussions the absolute minimum is the status quo."
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FIFA's General secretary, Jérôme Valcke, has rejected the possibility of the Premier League, and other European leagues, claiming compensation for the consequences of a November and December World Cup.
Valcke on extra costs to leagues involved in reorganising season to make way for Q22 " there will be no compensation..."
On Monday, European Club Association chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge suggested that Europe's leagues and clubs would deserve financial reimbursement for the 2022 Qatar World Cup, which promises to wreak havoc with more than 50 domestic leagues.
Valcke told a news conference in Doha after a Qatar 2022 organising committee board meeting: "It's not perfect, we know that - but why are we talking about compensation? It's happening once we're not destroying football.
Why should we apologise to the clubs? We have had an agreement with the clubs that they are part of the beneficiaries. It was 40 million (US) dollars in 2010 and 70 million in 2014.
Premier League chief Richard Scudamore has expressed his disappointment after Fifa's task force recommended staging the 2022 Qatar World Cup in November and December.
The recommendation is likely to be ratified at a Fifa meeting in Zurich next month and would play havoc with the Premier League campaign, which includes a packed schedule of matches during the last two months of the calendar year.
Scudamore feels the UEFA Champions League has been protected by Fifa's decision rather than domestic leagues such as the Premier League.
PL boss Richard Scudamore very disappointed at #FIFA decision on Qatar. Said no real discussion at task force meeting this morning.
PL's Scudamore "it looks like nobody else is giving much up....even UEFA who have let us down a little..CL can start and carry on as always"