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US sidesteps Putin accusation of meddling in FIFA election

Russia's President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech as he attends a ceremony at the Kremlin in Moscow on May 28, 2015US diplomats avoided a clash of words Thursday with Moscow on the corruption scandal shaking FIFA after Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Washington of trying to block the re-election of football boss Sepp Blatter. Putin condemned the arrest of seven top FIFA officials as part of a US probe, saying Washington was trying to oust Blatter after he resisted pressure to stop Russia from hosting the 2018 World Cup. “The suggestion that we are trying to have an influence over the internal processes in FIFA, that’s not the point,” said Jeffrey Rathke, a State Department spokesman.

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