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FIFA Fan Fest™ celebrates 2.5 million visitors milestone

22 June, 2018, 03:08 | Author: Carla Brady
  • Over 1 mln people attend World Cup fan festival in Russia - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Blatter, 82, said he had dined with Putin on Wednesday and congratulated him on Russia's organisation.

Asked if he would use the influence he built up during his 17-year reign as Federation Internationale de Football Association boss to support a British bid, he said: "OK, I will use my influence, if England will accept my influence".

Blatter, much to FIFA's obvious unease, attended Wednesday's Portugal-Morocco game at the Luzhniki Stadium and then had dinner with Putin and deputy prime minister Vitaly Mutko in the head of state's Kremlin apartment.

"I still feel that England, the motherland of football, should have a World Cup when it's the turn of Europe", said Blatter, pointing out that 1966 was a long time ago.

Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter during an interview with Reuters in Zurich, Switzerland, April 10, 2018.

Earlier on June 21, Russia's Interfax news agency quoted sources in Washington as saying that Bolton was expected to come to travel to Moscow next week to prepare for a possible meeting of Putin and his US counterpart, Donald Trump.




The Swiss denied his presence at the World Cup would embarrass his successor, Gianni Infantino.

"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.

Argentine government security official Guillermo Madero, who is in Russian Federation, told The Associated Press that the fan "won't be able to enter stadiums at the tournament and he won't be able to watch World Cup matches".

Blatter praised his successor, adding Infantino "should not be bothered" by his presence in Russian Federation. "You have to congratulate Russian Federation for the organisation of the World Cup, and naturally the head of state himself".

"It is good to be a fan", Blatter said before posing for photographs with the laminated Fan ID card. Germany, the 2014 World Cup winners, even lost.

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