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

Over 1 mln people attend World Cup fan festival in Russia - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Over 1 mln people attend World Cup fan festival in Russia - Xinhua | English.news.cn

"We spoke about football and the good start of the competition, the good start of the team".

"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. "If FIFA would have a little bit of respect, knowing that I have an official invitation to come here".

At the moment, too busy schedule does not allow Vladimir Putin to visit the matches of the 2018 world Cup.

The Kremlin on Wednesday said Vladimir Putin did not watch Russia's surprise win over Egypt in the World Cup because he was on a plane but added that he reacted "very positively, like the whole of our country".

Blatter's presence in Russian Federation is awkward and a little embarrassing for sport's new leadership trying to rebuild its reputation after corruption-scarred years.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation entered full swing on Thursday as fans' attendance at stadia, recorded one million with Denmark vs Australia game in Samara. "I am a personal guest here today", he said.

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

"I had the impression it was my World Cup ... that time has not stopped since I went to the last one in Brazil", he said, smiling.

However, Blatter joked about his relationship with Infantino, who is from a neighboring town in the same Swiss region.

"When and if we are ready, we will make the announcement", he said.

Viu TV World Cup 2018 schedule - which games can I watch for free in Hong Kong, and when are they on? "How I was received here, television, cameras, people, photographs, and so on", 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. "And here I am".

"Any meetings that could be held are being realized in the framework of his private visit and are not official", Peskov said when asked if Blatter has met or would meet Putin.

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