PARIS (AP) — “I love FIFA,” says Jerome Champagne. It sounds incongruous, almost tone-deaf and foolhardy, for anyone to say such a thing when the reputation of football’s governing body is in the gutter and when many Brazilians no longer want its World Cup, revolted by the monster fuss and expenditure.
But Champagne, the only declared challenger to succeed Sepp Blatter as FIFA president, is clearly a company man. Break open the French former diplomat and one might almost expect to find the words “F
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