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German reporter who exposed Russia doping 'won't be at World Cup'

AFP  |  Berlin 

German Hajo Seppelt, whose investigative reporting exposed Russia's alleged state-sponsored doping, will not travel to the football tournament out of security concerns, national broadcaster said.

host had initially refused to issue a visa, but later relented after massive international pressure, with stressing the importance of to

But Germany's security agencies have since evaluated the situation and found that it was risky for the to travel to Russia, said in a statement late Wednesday.

Representatives from the broadcaster also held talks with over the security issue and the ministry shared the intelligence agencies' concerns.

Russia's powerful has said it intended to question on his arrival because he was a key witness in its own investigation into the doping scandal.

Seppelt's documentaries on doping among Russian athletes sparked a storm and ended up with being banned from

His TV reports concluded that Russia's doping programme was being overseen by the state's security service, and that orders for athletes to cheat on a such a scale could only have come from Putin himself -- charges which have been vehemently denied by

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First Published: Thu, June 14 2018. 16:16 IST