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FIFA-backed students sent out to help run world sports

NEUCHATEL, Switzerland (AP) It's the Swiss finishing school that has prepared hundreds of post-graduate students to lead, manage and litigate world sports.

Graduates have later headed campaigns to host soccer's World Cup, run Olympic sports federations, and prosecuted landmark cases in international sports law.

Known as the FIFA Master course, it has for 20 years been a discreet gift to sports organizations from soccer's world body that has renewed multi-million dollar funding each year regardless of what turmoil it was in.