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Blatter: сorruption scandal will not affect US chances to hold 2026 World Cup

May 30, 2015, 15:06 UTC+3
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ZURICH/Switzerland/, May 30. /TASS/. The recent corruption scandal will no way affect the US chances of getting the bid for the 2026 World Cup, the president of the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA), Sepp Blatter, told reporters on Saturday.

"I have said I forgive but I don't forget when it comes to persons, not facts. I have been elected by 133 associations but I am president of everybody so this has no impact. It's neutral," he stressed.

"I will go to the competitions, I will go to New Zealand, I will go to Canada," Blatter said.

"But when it comes to personal attack I will say 'yes, I was touched' and you know who is concerned," he said.

The scandal in the world’s football governing body came to the light on Wednesday, when nine high-ranking FIFA officials and five corporate executives were indicted on corruption and money laundering charges in the United States.

On the same day, seven of the organization’s high-ranking officials, including vice presidents - Jeffrey Webb and Eugenio Figueredo - were arrested in Switzerland’s Zurich. They are facing extradition to the United States.

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