• FIFA donates 48 confiscated luxury watches to charity

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    LAUSANNE: Nearly 50 luxury watches confiscated from football officials who had received them as “gifts” ahead of the World Cup in Brazil have been donated to charity, FIFA’s ethics committee said on Thursday (Friday in Manila). The watches, estimated to be worth 25,000 Swiss francs ($24,400, 23,000 euros) apiece, were given to streetfootballworld, an international network of groups which uses football to help young people. Ahead of last year’s World Cup, the Brazilian Football Confederation handed out 65 gift bags each containing a Parmigiani timepiece to FIFA Executive Committee officials and members of the 32 competing associations. The gifts created a furor at the time but now disgraced FIFA bosses, including president Sepp Blatter, denied any corruption.

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