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FIFA Distances Itself From Controversy Surrounding 2014 World Cup Venues

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 04 / 21 / 17

FIFA "has distanced itself from the construction of stadiums used in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil" after investigators in the country alleged that "at least half were built on the back of corrupt contracts," according to Tariq Panja of BLOOMBERG. Building companies and local government official...

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