19:57 GMT08 August 2020
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    The Nobel Peace Center has announced that it will end cooperation with the scandal-plagued International Federation of Association Football (FIFA).

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) The international football governing body and the Oslo-based center launched a 2013 Handshake for Peace joint initiative introducing pre- and postfootball match protocols calling for opposing team captains and match referees to shake hands. FIFA contributed over $900,000 to the Center’s budget.

    "The board asks the administration to terminate the cooperation with FIFA as soon as circumstances allow," the Center said in a statement on Monday.

    The Oslo-based organization added that its board asked the administration of the Center to begin a dialogue with the Norwegian Football Association for a future Handshake for Peace initiative.

    The Nobel Peace Center is a museum founded in 2005, devoted to the story of the Nobel Peace Prize and its founder Alfred Nobel, along with information about prize-winners and their groundbreaking work. The Center's board is appointed by the Norwegian Nobel Committee.

    FIFA is in the midst of a large-scale corruption scandal following late-May US Department of Justice charges against 14 people — including nine senior FIFA officials – for money laundering, wire fraud and racketeering.

    The scandal led to the resignation of long-standing FIFA president Sepp Blatter on June 2, four days after he was re-elected for a fifth term.


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