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Raiola blasts FIFA over Ibrahimovic threat: Non-democratic, non-transparent organisation

Super agent Mino Raiola has blasted FIFA over claims LA Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic could be barred from playing in the World Cup.

The former Manchester United striker has considered ending his international retirement, but could be denied from playing for Sweden in Russia due to his association with a betting company.

Asked about the situation, his agent Raiola told Sportbladet: "This seems ridiculous and wrong, but Fifa's double standards are no news, they do not know what they're doing.

"You probably know what I think about Fifa. This does not change anything. It is a non-democratic, non-transparent organisation. They will probably change their rules on the day they decide to collaborate with a gaming company."

Raiola, however, does not want to say that the rules mean that Zlatan's chance to play the World Cup is over.

"I was not going to give any comments on that question. But it would not surprise me if Fifa decides to play football with a rugby ball tomorrow if they have their own interest in it. They have never done anything for the players, for the clubs, or for the sport. It will continue."

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