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Playing politics

Updated: November 4, 2010, 9:57 AM ET
By Ravi Ubha | Special to ESPN.com

LONDON -- When a World Cup is up for grabs, the beautiful game turns ugly.

But when the not-so-clever brass at FIFA, led by president Sepp Blatter, decided to hold two bidding procedures at the same time -- for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments -- it only doubled FIFA's trouble. Can we really be surprised by all of the insults, recriminations and alleged shady dealings that have become front-page news over the past few months?

Even an uncharacteristic admission ...

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