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Spain defends FIFA integrity in World Cup bid

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ZURICH — Spain has taken at a swipe at the media and jumped to the defense of FIFA against corruption allegations as it wraps up its low-key campaign to host the 2018 World Cup.

Spain has relied on the networking skills of bid president Angel Maria Villar to win over his colleagues on the FIFA executive committee. They vote later Thursday on the 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosts, choosing from a total of nine candidates.

Villar is a FIFA vice president and 12-year veteran of the executive committee. Rebutting media allegations of bribery corruption within FIFA, he said the organization is clean and "works honestly."

He called his committee colleagues "honest, hard-working people."

They responded with applause.