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FIFA poised to sign major deal with Qatar Airways

Contract was negotiated and concluded in the era of disgraced former FIFA president Sepp Blatter

FIFA poised to sign major deal with Qatar Airways
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FIFA could seal a major partnership deal with Qatar Airways within weeks, a source has said, the same day football's corruption-tainted world body announced a $369 million loss.

"We hope to confirm it in the next few months, perhaps before the congress in Bahrain (May 10-11)," the source close to FIFA said on Friday in Zurich.

The contract between FIFA and Qatar Airways was negotiated and concluded in the era of disgraced former FIFA president Sepp Blatter after the 2022 World Cup was awarded to Qatar, said a source.

However, it has not been formalised yet.

FIFA has been struggling to find major new sponsors since corruption scandals that ousted Blatter and dozens of other football officials erupted in 2015.

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