Banned Blatter arrives in Russian Federation for World Cup

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The former president of world soccer's governing body FIFA, Sepp Blatter, has arrived in Russian Federation where the football World Cup is now omgoing.

'I'm not here to comment the game.

The FIFA ban does not prevent Blatter attending games and he is expected to see Portugal play Morocco on Wednesday at Luzhniki Stadium.

Blatter has previously said he had been invited to attend the World Cup by Putin, with whom he has a long-standing close relationship, and he was "honoured" to accept. The Switzerland native is expected to fly to Moscow and serve as a guest of Russian Federation president Vladimir Putin for two matches, his spokesman told ESPN Brazil.

Former Fifa president Sepp Blatter. Putin is not scheduled to be at either match.

"I feel a little abandoned because I am suspended, but I am still the elected president".

"I am suspended as a president of Fifa but here I am a fan so therefore I can go everywhere in world to watch football".

"Any meetings that could be held are being realised in the framework of his private visit and are not official", he said when asked if Blatter has met or would meet Putin.

England failed with their bid to host the 2018 World Cup, receiving just two votes in the opening round of voting in 2010 as the tournament was awarded to Russian Federation. It was reduced to six by FIFA's appeals panel.

The article says that "Russia can be a great place to host a World Cup".

In an interview with Britain's Channel 4 News, Blatter said he had been invited to the World Cup by the Russian organising committee and Federation Internationale de Football Association should respect his right to be at the tournament.

A Swiss criminal proceeding was opened against Blatter in September 2015 for alleged financial misconduct, but no charges have been filed.

The verdict ended Blatter's hopes of becoming honorary president of football's governing body which he left in disgrace.

Blatter remains an instantly recognisable, if often polarising, figure to generations of football fans. "I am a personal guest here today", he said.

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