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Dictators said to fix Italy, Argentina WCup titles

Updated: April 25, 2013, 12:47 PM ET
Associated Press

ZURICH -- Soccer's biggest prize may have twice been won with the help of dictators fixing matches for the host team.

Argentina's triumph in 1978 and Italy's in 1934 were said to be influenced by military leaders seeking propaganda coups, delegates were told Thursday at a symposium titled "The Relevance and Impact of FIFA World Cups."

"It's the same old story: Sport and politics are brothers and sometimes sport is under the other brother," Italian writer Marco Impiglia told The Associated ...

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