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Ex-FIFA president Blatter in Russia for World Cup

Ex-FIFA president Blatter in Russia for World Cup

Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter arrived at the World Cup on Tuesday (Jun 19) as a guest of Russian president Vladimir Putin. The Swiss was in charge of football's global governing body at the time Russia was awarded the tournament in December 2010, before his reign ended amid a corruption scandal involving FIFA.

He was suspended in December 2015 for eight years, later reduced to six, after an investigation carried out by FIFA's ethics committee which brought an end to his reign as president after 17 years in charge.

Blatter, who has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, last week told a newspaper he would meet Putin during his trip.

It is understood the 82-year-old Blatter will attend Wednesday's match between Portugal and Morocco at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Blatter would then go to Saint Petersburg to see Friday's match involving Brazil and Costa Rica.