The Gist

Cup of Corruption

The World Cup starts this week, despite FIFA’s rampant graft.

A Saudi Arabia training session ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup opening match against Russia at Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday in Moscow.

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In 2010, a certain Christopher Steele was hired to look into Russia’s bid to host the World Cup in 2018. What he found ultimately led to a U.S. investigation into FIFA’s thoroughgoing sleaziness. There are, around the world, multiple criminal probes around FIFA, and BuzzFeed’s Ken Bensinger says “more shoes will fall.” Bensinger is the author of Red Card: How the U.S. Blew the Whistle on the World’s Biggest Sports Scandal.

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