How football — and ′sportswashing′ — helped Putin start a war | Sports Life | DW | 24.06.2022

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How football — and 'sportswashing' — helped Putin start a war

Russia hosted the World Cup in 2018, one of the most watched sporting events in the world. Hard to believe that the country’s president would start a war only four years later. Did Putin fool us all? This is the story of how Putin manipulated football - through sportswashing, a bromance with FIFA president Infantino, and tons of money from oligarchs and state-owned companies like Gazprom.