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FIFA's Fatma Samoura Hopeful TV Rights Scandal Will Not 'Disrupt' Qatar WC

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 10 / 18 / 17

FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura said Tuesday that she "hoped the criminal investigations into the sale of World Cup rights to the Qatari-owned beIN Media group" will not "disrupt" Qatar's hosting of the 2022 World Cup, according to Kieran Canning of the AFP. Swiss prosecutors said last wee...

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