Blatter says England should host World Cup

21 June, 2018, 19:50 | Author: Ellis Copeland
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Disgraced former Federation Internationale de Football Association boss Sepp Blatter defied a ban to attend World Cup matches and arrived in Russia on Tuesday at the invitation of President Vladimir Putin.

Blatter told Reuters in March he had been invited to attend the World Cup by Putin, with whom he has a long-standing close relationship, and he was "honored" to accept.

The Swiss' 17-year spell in charge of world football's governing body ended amid a corruption scandal in 2015.

Blatter, who has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, last week told the New York Times he would meet Putin during his trip.

He claimed he has spoken to several senior figures in the game on the phone and they have welcomed him to the World Cup and said it was a "lost opportunity" on FIFA's part not to make "a little effort" on his behalf.

England were one of the losing bidders against Russian Federation in the vote for the 2018 tournament.

Around 100,000 Chinese could attend matches at the Russian Federation for the 2018 World Cup, according to figures for ticket sales and factoring in allocations to Chinese companies and FIFA partners.

The Italian was sat away from his Swiss predecessor in a Federation Internationale de Football Association suite for the Portugal match.

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On Wednesday, he said that the tournament in Russia felt like "my World Cup", and on Thursday he said he would like to say "well done" to Infantino, his FIFA successor, for the World Cup so far, but added that FIFA should not be embarrassed by his presence there.

It's also amusing how Chinese football fans measured their team against Iceland, which has a population of only 300,000, making it smaller than a district of a third-tier city in China, yet managed to hold mighty Argentina, the first runner-up in the 2014 World Cup, to a 1-1 draw.

"I am suspended and the suspension is as a Federation Internationale de Football Association president".

"Today I saw Infantino and Blatter at the stadium, it's true", TASS quoted Sorokin as saying.

"I think it is a respectful activity and I was happy to meet him (Putin) in the Kremlin", he said.

"I was in a shower of people because they have recognized I was once the president of Federation Internationale de Football Association", he said. Blatter's, though, might not be such a good idea.

Insisting he is not corrupt, Blatter talked whimsically about his warm reception in Moscow. "It was not an easy time for me, it's still not the easiest time".

Then we can get back to the games - until Putin pipes up to pat himself on the back again.



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