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BBC: 'Nonsense' to hold Fifa allegations

The BBC has defended the timing of the broadcast of an episode of Panorama outlining corruption at Fifa.

BBC Executive Editor of Current Affairs, Clive Edwards said that the story "was going to break anyway" and that it was important for the information to be made public before the vote on the hosts of World Cup 2018.

"It is surely a nonsense to suggest that you know the process could be flawed and you don't say anything until after it has happened," he said.

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