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Disgraced ex-FIFA president Sep Blatter arrives in Russian Federation for World Cup

21 June 2018

Former Fifa president Sepp Blatter has backed an English-led bid for the 2030 World Cup as he defended his reasons for being at the tournament in Russian Federation.

Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter said Thursday he believes the World Cup should return to England when Europe next gets its turn to host the tournament.

The 82-year-old former FIFA president is banned from official football duty until October 2021 for financial misconduct during this 17-year rule.

In September 2015, Swiss authorities announced Blatter was under investigation for a £1.3m "disloyal payment" to Michel Platini, the ex-boss of European football's governing body Uefa, in 2011.

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"I should have stopped after the 2014 World Cup which was a wonderful World Cup".

A total of 32 national football teams are participating in the 2018 FIFA World Cup held in 11 cities across Russian Federation between June 14 and July 15.

The FIFA World Cup matches are going on in full swing. "I take the program they are offering to me, and I am happy to be here", he said.

To bring fans into the FIFA World Cup™ conversation like never before, FIFA offers a diverse array of global fan-engagement initiatives. "How I was received here, television, cameras, people photographs and so on", he said in the interview filmed in front of the Kremlin.

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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.

"I was suspended, I'm still a suspended president".

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

Insisting he is not corrupt, Blatter talked whimsically about his warm reception in Moscow. "We spoke about football and the good start of the competition, the good start of the team". The 21st edition of the FIFA World Cup kicked off at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium, where 32 nations, divided into eight groups are fighting it out for the coveted trophy in the month-long event.

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Disgraced ex-FIFA president Sep Blatter arrives in Russian Federation for World Cup