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

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Sepp Blatter came to Moscow and saw Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin, defying FIFA's wish that its suspended former president's visit to the World Cup would attract little attention.

"I think that England or Ireland deserve to organise the World Cup", Blatter said.

The Russians have now scored eight times in just two matches, raising the spirits of home fans after a long spell of under-achievement.

"With Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland they will be candidates I am sure".

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"We had small talks", Blatter, who converses with Putin in German, told reporters Thursday.

Blatter, who is serving a six-year ban from football over unethical conduct, was in Moscow to watch Portugal beat Morocco. Both men denied any wrongdoing. "It's not the first time I'm there", the 82-year-old said.

The beer shortage that has left some Moscow bars and restaurants scrambling to supply thirsty patrons has not impacted FIFA World Cup venues, according to the global soccer tournament's official beer sponsor.

His appearance at the World Cup in Russian Federation is therefore potentially embarrassing for FIFA and its new head, Gianni Infantino, who has promised to draw a line under FIFA's corruption problems and clean up the organisation.

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The result of each ballot and related votes by members of the FIFA Congress for the 2026 hosts were made public. He was elected FIFA president on the eve of the 1998 World Cup in France, and headed football's world governing body for four more tournaments through 2014. He invited me to his apartment in the Kremlin.

The Kremlin has said US national security adviser John Bolton plans to visit Moscow, without providing details about the trip. "I'm still president, but suspended", he told RT.

"Whether or not the ban is breached depends on what Blatter does at the match".

Last week, former Scottish Football Association boss Stewart Regan said an English-led home nations bid is "definitely on the radar".

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