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FIFA President Sepp Blatter Says Russia's World Cup Critics Should 'Stay At Home'

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 04 / 21 / 15

FIFA President Sepp Blatter said that world politicians unhappy that Russia will host the 2018 World Cup "should 'stay at home,'" according to Denis Dyomkin of REUTERS. Blatter: "If a few politicians are not particularly happy that we are hosting the World Cup in Russia, then I always tell them: 'We...

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