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Major Link Soccer: FIFA remains connected to corruption

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Despite their efforts to the contrary, FIFA remains linked to corruption across the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids.

Russia v New Zealand: Group A - FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Seattle

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MLS

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United States

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The World

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FIFA’s efforts to hide cover up supress stem the reports around its in corruption are failing, with a German publication now sharing previously suppressed details related to the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids.

This comes in the midst of their ethics committee ruling (much to the chagrin of many officials) that FIFA’s voting integrity remains intact, despite potential ethics violations being present.

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