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UN reviewing tie-ups with corruption-tainted FIFA

United Nations: The United Nations is reviewing its partnerships with FIFA following allegations of widespread corruption at football's world governing body, a UN spokesman said yesterday, a day after the scandal erupted.

"We are very much taking a look at the existing partnerships and how the situation evolves," said UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric. The UN and FIFA have tie-ups, for example, to promote health, gender equality and for child protection.

The various campaigns and programs between the UN and FIFA, since 1999, also include initiatives designed to help alleviate poverty, further human rights and tackle environmental problems.

"The UN has had a number of different kind of one-time partnerships with FIFA for the World Cup and other events with UN agencies," added Dujarric, cautioning that it was "early days" in the investigation into allegations of huge bribery and graft at FIFA.

He said these partnerships were focused on "ensuring that the UN message of peace... are seen and heard within these major sports events."

Authorities in the US, which is leading the investigation into alleged wrongdoing at FIFA, had not been in contact with the UN, Dujarric added.

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