Gianni Infantino poses with Al Rihla, the official match ball before a press conference during the 72th FIFA Congress in Doha. File / AFP
"Following some reports and rumours spread today, FIFA would like to clarify that there will be no changes to the rules regarding the length of football matches for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 or any other competition," said the governing body of world football in a terse statement.
Social media, and some more traditional news outlets such as Italian sports daily Corriere dello Sport, had reported that FIFA president Gianni Infantino was considering encouraging referees to play more stoppage time, effectively extending games to 100 minutes, to make up for the amount of time the ball is not in play.
The sources reported that the International Football Association Board (FIFA) and the Qatari organisers agreed to the amendment.
For Tunisia, that was Seifeddine Jaziri and Yousef Msakni - their in-form striker and talismanic captain – coming to the fore to provide the cutting edge in a tight 2-1 win over Oman.
Tickets are affordably priced and available for fans across the world, starting at just Dhs20 for a Category 4 ticket up to Dhs200 for a Category 1 final ticket.
Chelsea reached the final by narrowly overcoming Saudi Arabia's Al Hilal in the last-four, while Palmeiras brushed aside Egypt's Al Ahly. The two losing semi-finalists will meet at the Al Nahyan Stadium, with the winner clinching third-place.
As fight fans worldwide now know, Abu Dhabi will be hosting UFC 280: OLIVEIRA vs MAKHACHEV on October 22. The hotly anticipated fight night includes two title bouts and doubles up as the headline event of Abu Dhabi Showdown Week (ADSW) 2022, which runs from October 17-23.
After a successful pilot programme last academic year, Abu Dhabi’s Early Childhood Authority (ECA) and Manchester City Football Schools UAE have extended their partnership to kick-off the ‘Healthy Lifestyles’ programme.
The participants are from all walks of life and a cross section of the community, including riders of all levels of experience, from seasoned racers to enthusiastic recreational cyclists.