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Banned former Federation Internationale de Football Association president Sepp Blatter will fly to Moscow on Tuesday to visit the soccer World Cup and meet Russian President Vladimir Putin, his spokesman told Reuters.

Moscow has provided reason Vladimir Putin did not watch Russia's win over Egypt in their second World Cup match.

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

Former Fifa spokesman Thomas Renggli told AFP that Blatter would meet Putin on Wednesday.

"As far as we know, such a trip will actually take place".

The 82-year-old Swiss was found guilty by Federation Internationale de Football Association of financial misconduct, and remains under investigation by authorities in his homeland for a 2 million Swiss francs (HK$15.7 million) "disloyal payment" in 2011 to former Uefa president Michel Platini, who resigned from his post.

This restriction applies to all games of the world Cup, and not only performances of the Russian team. "You have to congratulate Russian Federation for the organisation of the World Cup, and naturally the head of state himself". "It depends on what he does at the match", said Federation Internationale de Football Association spokesman Alois Hug.

The 82-year-old said he and Putin exchanged "small talk" and the president reminded him of the telephone conversation they had on 2 December, 2010, when Russian Federation won the right to host the 2018 World Cup, beating, among others, a bid from England.


"OK, I cannot act like a president of Federation Internationale de Football Association, but a suspended player can go to the stadium or training - this is the same".

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

That spirit of global togetherness is on display in pubs and city squares all over the world during the 2018 FIFA World Cup, a tournament that brings together the finest footballers on the planet.

"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".

"They will be candidates, I'm sure".

Good thing he has stayed true to form in his time away from the cameras - Blatter is still a bumbling buffoon, and bungled most of his answers in the Channel 4 interview when repeatedly pressed about the allegations he is facing.

"Fifa has done a great job to organise this World Cup here".


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