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South Africa is shaken by FIFA corruption probe
South Africa is shaken by FIFA corruption probe

In the spring of 2004, a frail, unwell Nelson Mandela ignored his doctor's advice and flew halfway around the globe to meet with a prominent soccer official. The purpose of the trip to Trinidad and Tobago was simple: Mandela hoped to win Jack Warner's support, persuading him and other officials of FIFA, soccer's ruling body, to hold the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. At the time, the visit seemed like a resounding success. But a sweeping indictment unveiled by U.S. prosecutors this week paints a different picture, one in which the South African government — apparently unbeknown to Mandela — may have won the right to host the international tournament by...

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