Youve heard about the Russia investigation. Meddling, the Magnitsky Act, Mueller. But Christopher Steele, the author of the infamous dossier, looked into Russian interference long before the 2016 presidential election. In 2010, he started looking into Russias efforts to host the 2018 World Cup. Putin was determined, sources said, to win the bid at any cost . But getting the tournament seemed like a weak bet: There wasnt a strong soccer tradition in Russia and the country lacked the infrastructure to accommodate the tournament. Moreover, Britain seemed like the obvious choice. But FIFA, soccers governing body, chose Russia. Steele passed along what he had heard about Putins desires to an FBI official. After that, the FBI and IRS worked for years to...
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Red Card: FIFA's Dirty Secrets