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FIFA Urged To Back Garcia's Probe Into Voting For Qatar World Cup

04 / 24 / 14

FIFA's anti-corruption advisers said that the governing body's reputation "depends on resolving allegations about Qatar's selection as 2022 World Cup host," according to the AP. The expert panel chaired by Swiss law professor Mark Pieth "gave its full support on Wednesday to a FIFA investigation of ...

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Israeli FC Fans Protest Muslim Players

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Pakistan Admits Warning May Affect PSL

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Eriksson Joins Al Nasr, Eyes Beckham

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Cricket Players Warned Over PSL Safety

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