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FIFA deal with Gazprom unaffected by corruption scandal — spokesman

May 28, 2015, 13:47 UTC+3 MOSCOW
In September 2013 Gazprom got the status of an official partner of FIFA tournaments held in 2015-2018, including the 2018 World Cup in Russia
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Headquarters of Russia's natural gas giant Gazprom

Headquarters of Russia's natural gas giant Gazprom

© AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko

MOSCOW, May 28. /TASS/. The FIFA corruption scandal has no impact on the Russian energy giant Gazprom's sponsorship agreement with this organisation, the company's official spokesman said on Thursday.

"Gazprom's sponsorship agreement is not affected by the situation around FIFA," Alexander Kupriyanov told TASS.

Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller and FIFA President Sepp Blatter signed the agreement in September 2013. Under the deal, Gazprom got the status of an official partner of FIFA tournaments held in 2015-2018, including the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

An unprecedented corruption scandal flared up in FIFA on Wednesday morning as seven of the organisation’s high-ranking officials were arrested in Switzerland on bribery, money laundering and corruption charges. The arrests of the seven FIFA top officials were made by the Swiss police at the request from the US authorities and they are now facing extradition to the United States.

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