Published: Fri, June 22, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

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

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. Blatter was FIFA president from 1998 until being suspended from office in October 2015 in the fallout from USA and Swiss federal investigations of global football officials. He invited me to his apartment in the Kremlin.

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.

In 2015, he was banned from "all football activities" for eight years, later reduced to six on appeal, over ethics breaches when he was found to have made a £1.3m "disloyal payment" to ex-Uefa boss Michel Platini. A National Security Council spokesperson tweeted that Bolton will first meet with United States allies in London and Rome to talk about national security issues, then head to Russian Federation "to discuss a potential meeting" between the two world leaders.

Blatter's successor as Federation Internationale de Football Association president, Gianni Infantino - who played his part in that cringeworthy showing for the television cameras while sat between the two leaders - won't mind either.

Blatter will also watch Brazil's match against Costa Rica on Friday before flying back to Switzerland.

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The voting process for those tournaments is now tainted by suspicions of corruption. "They should say "yes, come in".and then everyone would be happy".

Blatter was hosted Wednesday by Russian World Cup organizers and watched from a hospitality suite as Cristiano Ronaldo scored the winning goal. Blatter's, though, might not be such a good idea.

"We have good contacts with Mr Infantino".

"I was welcomed here, and I have to say, and I've had the impression sometimes that time has stopped - I still feel part of it".

Thankfully, Blatter will be gone by the end of the week, and can stop pretending the World Cup is all about him.

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