FIFA Fallout: Putin Accuses US of Interference and Politicizing Sports

Vladimir Putin speaks out on the FIFA scandal with Russia's right to host 2018 World Cup now under fire

Fri, May 29, 2015
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May 28, 2015, (IN THE NOW) — Vladimir Putin has commented on the FIFA scandal, given that Russia's right to host 2018 World Cup is now under fire: “If something did happen, it didn't happen in America, and the US is totally unrelated to this. It is just another attempt to spread its jurisdiction to other countries. This is certainly, and I have no doubt about it, an obvious attempt to prevent Mr Blatter’s re-election as FIFA president. We know his attitude: sport is beyond politics. The U.S. has no right to intervene and mix sport with politics.” You might think that's too harsh and so it sounds.

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