Bolton to Visit Moscow, Plan Possible Trump-Putin Meeting

Posted June 22, 2018

Asked if he would use the influence he built up during his 17-year reign as Federation Internationale de Football Association boss to support a British bid, he said: "OK, I will use my influence, if England will accept my influence".

Nothing stops Blatter from buying a ticket or being invited to watch in a VIP area, and you didn't expect the notorious grifter to roll up to the box office.

Blatter says he went to see Russia's president after watching Portugal's 1-0 win over Morocco in Moscow on Wednesday - wearing the laminate fan ID card required for all people attending World Cup games in Russian Federation.

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.

Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter during an interview with Reuters in Zurich, Switzerland, April 10, 2018. "How I was received here, television, cameras, people, photographs, and so on", he said.

"I don't think they are embarrassed I'm here - they knew I was invited by the head of state and the two presidents (Putin and his successor at FIFA, Gianni Infantino) spoke about it", said Blatter. "But I'm a guest, and I enjoyed the first match I have watched".

Russian Federation was a shock victor for the 2018 tournament at the vote in December 2010, with even Putin himself was taken aback by the result - he says he is far more interested in ice hockey and martial arts.

The videos are among a string of incidents in which some Latin American fans are encouraging foreign women to say offensive things in languages they don't appear to understand.

Russian Federation got the World Cup off to a thrilling start when it wowed crowds with a 5-0 victory over Saudi Arabia in the curtain-raising game on June 14, before tournament favourites like Argentina and Brazil failed to register a win. Blatter's, though, might not be such a good idea.

The 82-year-old struck a defiant tone in Moscow, describing the criminal probe as "an attack on FIFA" and saying he was still president of the organization.

"We have good contacts with Mr Infantino".

"It is his World Cup now", said Blatter.