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PBC News & Comment: Was America’s Big Bust of FIFA Timed to Avert Vote on Israel?

Dave Zirin of The Nation dismisses suggestions that FIFA bust was timed to interfere with FIFA board vote to suspend Israel ….

Read Zirin’s comments here

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