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Anti-Corruption Watchdog Severs Ties With FIFA

FIFA President Sepp Blatter
A leading anticorruption watchdog has cut ties with FIFA out of frustration with football's embattled world governing body.

Transparency International said its working relationship with President Sepp Blatter's organization broke down because past allegations of wrongdoing won't be investigated.

It also objected to FIFA paying a Swiss bribery expert to oversee reforms.

Sylvia Schenk, Transparency International's sports adviser, said she was "just astonished" that its conditions for joining expert Mark Pieth's panel -- and upholding the not-for-profit group's standard of independence -- were not accepted by FIFA.

Schenk and Pieth were asked to help FIFA after Blatter pledged zero tolerance of corruption on being reelected in June.

Transparency International told FIFA it should order independent probes into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup votes to win back public trust.

compiled from agency reports