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Around 100,000 Chinese to attend 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation

20 June 2018

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. "I'm here to enjoy the World Cup", Blatter told reporters before stepping inside a luxurious Moscow hotel. Despite being banned during the European Championships two years ago, Michel Platini was allowed attend the tournament. "How I was received here, television, cameras, people photographs and so on", he said in the interview filmed in front of the Kremlin.

FILE PHOTO: FIFA's President Sepp Blatter shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) during the preliminary draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup at Konstantin Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia July 25, 2015.

"I think that England or the island, deserved to organise the World Cup".

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Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday he did not know whether any meeting had been planned.

Speaking to Sky Sports News today Blatter said that he feels England, as well as the rest of the United Kingdom and Ireland, would be strong candidates to host an upcoming World Cup.

Blatter was ousted in 2015 after a massive corruption scandal at football's governing body which resulted in the charging of several top officials.

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"Just four days into the World Cup and we've already reached 1,000,000 spectators at the FIFA Fan Fest". Using allegations from that case, FIFA's ethics committee opened its own case and banned him for eight years.

"This is what I introduced in 2011", said Blatter.

His presence in Moscow can be an awkward distraction for Federation Internationale de Football Association and its new president, Gianni Infantino, who comes from a neighboring town in the same Swiss canon (state) as his predecessor.

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Around 100,000 Chinese to attend 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation