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New members of FIFA’s scandal-hit executive committee

In this Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014 file photo, President of The Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah speaks during a meeting in Bangkok, Thailand. The FIFA executive committee might have the worst reputation of any international sports body, still many candidates want to sit at the high table of soccer’s world governing body, known as the Exco. Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah is among nine men who formally join the Exco at FIFA’s congress on Friday May 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit, File)

ZURICH (AP) — The FIFA executive committee might have the worst reputation of any international sports body. Still, many candidates want to sit at soccer’s high table, known as the ExCo.

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Pakistan cricket lovers set for international return

Zimbabwean cricket players enter the ground to play against Pakistan at the Gaddafi stadium in Lahore, Pakistan, Friday, May 22, 2015. Zimbabwe is the first test playing nation to visit Pakistan in more than six years since gunmen attacked a bus of the Sri Lanka team in Lahore in 2009. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Guarded by hundreds of police, Gaddafi Stadium was filled to capacity and buzzing as the first major cricket match in Pakistan started in six years on Friday.

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FIFA scandals while Sepp Blatter has been president

In this Monday June 8, 1998 file photo, Switzerland's Sepp Blatter, left, and Swedish UEFA president Lennart Johansson hold a replica of the World Cup trophy in Paris, after Blatter defeated Johansson and was elected FIFA president, the world 's soccer governing body. Sepp Blatter's widely expected re-election on May 29, 2015 as president of soccer's world governing body for a fifth term has seldom seemed a real contest. His hold on the top job is so secure that Blatter published no manifesto, declined to debate opponents and rarely engaged with media worldwide. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

GENEVA (AP) — FIFA has been routinely called “scandal-plagued” for much of Sepp Blatter’s 17-year presidential reign.

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