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Prince William urges FIFA to 'put the sport first'

The comments come days after Swiss police arrested seven leading soccer officials

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The Duke of Cambridge has urged FIFA to show "it can represent the interests of fair play and put the sport first".

Prince William, who is president of the Football Association, was speaking before the cup final at Wembley Stadium.

"The events in Zurich this week represent FIFA's Salt Lake City moment, when the International Olympic Committee went through a similar period of serious allegations,” William said, according to the BBC.

"FIFA, like the IOC, must now show that it can represent the interests of fair play and put the sport first,” he said.
Prince William urged sponsors to pressure the world football governing body.

“Those backing FIFA, such as sponsors and the regional confederations, must do their bit to press these reforms – we are doing football and its fans no favors if we do not.”

The comments come days after Swiss police arrested seven leading soccer officials, including FIFA vice-president Jeffrey Webb.

The arrests were connected to a bribery scandal being investigated by U.S., Swiss and other law enforcement agencies that plunged FIFA into the worst crisis in its 111-year history.