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Russian President Vladimir Putin Backs Blatter In Wake Of U.S.'s FIFA Investigation

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 05 / 29 / 15

The FIFA corruption probe "turned into another cold war-style quarrel" between Russia and the U.S. on Thursday, as President Vladimir Putin "denounced Washington’s investigation as another case of illegal meddling by a bullying superpower," according to Kathrin Hille of the FINANCIAL TIMES. P...

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