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World Leaders React to FIFA Corruption Scandal

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(NEW YORK) — As the corruption scandal surrounding FIFA and world soccer continues to unfold, leaders from around the globe are beginning to chime in.

Greg Dyke, the chairman of the Football Association (FA), the governing body of soccer in England, believes FIFA President Sepp Blatter must go.

“Whether he is involved in any of these shenanigans or not is irrelevant. He is the person who has lead FIFA for 16 years and now we look at the results,” Dyke said.

And British Prime Minister David Cameron seems to agree.

“I welcome the probe into allegations of FIFA corruption and bribery, and support the FA’s call for new leadership and reform,” Cameron tweeted Thursday.

But Russian President Vladimir Putin is not on the same page.

Speaking on Russian state television Thursday, Putin accused the U.S. of meddling and said the investigation was an attempt to block Blatter from being reelected.

“I have no doubt that it is an obvious attempt to prevent Mr. Blatter from being re-elected to the post of FIFA president,” Putin said, according to Interfax.

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