World Putin: US may be 'illegally persecuting' FIFA

Putin said in televised comments Thursday that he found it 'odd' that the probe was launched at the request of US officials for crimes which do not involve its citizens and did not happen in the United States.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the United States of meddling in FIFA's affairs and hinted that it was part of an attempt to take the 2018 World Cup away from his country.