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  1. A symbolic referee

    How U.S. Soccer Lovers Brought FIFA to Justice

    Putin said he looked like Karl Marx. But the bearded New Yorker was actually a shrewd capitalist who generated impressive — and partly illicit — revenue while successfully promoting U.S. soccer. Until infighting prompted FIFA to sanction Chuck Blazer, making him an easy target for soccer-loving FBI and IRS agents who were suspicious of Russia’s winning bid to host the 2018 World Cup. A five-year investigation culminated in May with indictments against global soccer leadership, which relied on a bugged key chain wielded by the jilted Blazer, who had vowed in 2012 to “get the bastards.”

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