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Mesut Ozil wins 2015 German Football Ambassador Award the week after Arsenal's FA Cup triumph

Playmaker was handed the award for his charity work

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Sepp Blatter holds up the name of Russia during the official announcement of the 2018 World Cup host country on December 2, 2010

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Fifa president Sepp Blatter receives standing ovation on return to work day after quitting

Mr Blatter is standing down - but only once a replacement is found

Jack Wilshere, right, on Arsenal’s victory parade, where he added to his long list of indiscretions

FA charge Jack Wilshere with misconduct following his anti-Tottenham chants during Arsenal FA Cup parade

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John Ruddy blames 'hack' for sick Alton Towers Smiler joke on Twitter

The once-capped England goalkeeper has apologised for the insensitive tweet

South Africa's sports ministry director general Alec Moemi speaks at a press conference, 3 June 2015

Fifa corruption scandal: South Africa denies $10m World Cup bribe but admits 'thin line' between bribery and payments for 'legacy'

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Fifa corruption scandal: Interpol issues wanted alerts for former officials and executives

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60,000 supporters will have to be refunded
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