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Richard McLaren Implicates More Than 150 Players, Calls For FIFA To Investigate

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 06 / 29 / 17

More than 150 footballers -- including at least one current Russia int'l -- "were implicated in sport's biggest drugs scandal on Wednesday," according to Ben Rumsby of the London TELEGRAPH. Days after it was revealed that the entire Russia squad for the 2014 World Cup was being investigated by...

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