Published: Thu, June 21, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Putin trolls Federation Internationale de Football Association by inviting disgraced Blatter to World Cup

Putin trolls Federation Internationale de Football Association by inviting disgraced Blatter to World Cup

Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter met Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin on Wednesday evening while in Russia to attend the World Cup, Blatter told Reuters on Thursday.

It is understood Blatter, who is serving a six-year suspension which brought an end to his reign as president after 17 years in charge, will attend Wednesday's match between Portugal and Morocco. Both men denied any wrongdoing.

England bid for this year's tournament but lost out to Russian Federation despite being one of the favourites.

Speaking in front of the Kremlin against of backdrop of football fans queuing to visit Moscow's Red Square, Blatter said he had advocated Russian Federation be chosen as the World Cup host in 2010. "I am a personal guest here today", he said.

When asked how he had been occupying his time since the ban, Blatter said he was grappling with how to solve the problem of political intervention in world football.

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"Definitely, Russia have been the most impressive team at the World Cup so far. And he has said 'OK, nothing.' So I don't think they are bothered", he said.

"OK, I cannot act like a president of Federation Internationale de Football Association, but a suspended player can go to the stadium or training - this is the same.

I am suspended as a president of Fifa but here I am a fan so therefore I can go everywhere in world to watch football".

It was Blatter's first high-profile public appearance since that scandal in 2015, and here his old pal Putin had given him a global platform, one he didn't deserve, to try to sway public opinion. "If you are a judge, I would be happy now if they terminated this matter in the Swiss justice, and they will do it".

"Coming into the World Cup, they did not have the type of form to light up any stadium", Price, who is also coach of local club Boys' Town, told The Gleaner on Tuesday. "The passion and energy of the fans are key elements of the success of this FIFA World Cup".

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