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EPL CEO Richard Scudamore Says Sepp Blatter Successor Must Transcend Past

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 07 / 02 / 15

EPL CEO Richard Scudamore said that FIFA's next leader should be someone with a corporate background who "transcends the past," according to the BBC. A meeting of FIFA Congress, due to be held in December, "will select a new president" after incumbent Sepp Blatter called for "profound restructuring....

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