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Putin casts FIFA scandal as U.S. plot to wreck Russia's 2018 World Cup
Putin casts FIFA scandal as U.S. plot to wreck Russia's 2018 World Cup

Russian President Vladimir Putin reacted Thursday with trademark indifference to the bribery scandal plaguing the world soccer federation FIFA, denying any wrongdoing by Russia and accusing the United States of trying to wreck his country's hosting of the 2018 World Cup. In televised comments from the Kremlin, Putin called it "odd" that U.S. prosecutors had brought charges of corruption and bribery against 14 soccer officials for alleged crimes, including accepting $150 million in bribes, that occurred outside the United States and involved mostly foreign citizens. A separate investigation launched by Swiss authorities is aimed at determining whether inappropriate...

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