Russia accused of bribing FIFA official with Picasso painting to secure 2018 World Cup

Russia accused of bribing FIFA official with Picasso painting to secure 2018 World Cup
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Russia won the right to host the 2018 World Cup through an array of underhanded means, including bribing French soccer legend Michel Platini with a painting by Picasso, according to The Sunday Times of London.

A painting, believed to be a Picasso, was allegedly gifted to Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) president and FIFA executive member Michel Platini in return for his support for the eventually successful Russian bid for the 2018 global showpiece.

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