Blatter arrives in Russian Federation for World Cup despite Fifa ban

One Likely Winner of the FIFA World Cup? Putin

One Likely Winner of the FIFA World Cup? Putin

The 82 year-old Swiss is banned from taking part in any Federation Internationale de Football Association activities until 2022.

Blatter will meet Putin on Wednesday, his spokesman Thomas Renggli said, and watch Portugal take on Morocco at Moscow's Luzhniki stadium.

Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter arrived at the World Cup on Tuesday as a guest of Russian president Vladimir Putin.

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

Russian Federation is holding its first time ever edition of the FIFA World Cup, which kicked off in Moscow with a spectacular opening show at the Luzhniki Stadium on the night of June 14.

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Last year, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed the invitation, saying: "Putin has a long and, you may say, friendly relationship with Blatter".

Blatter and Michel Platini were each handed eight year bans by the Federation Internationale de Football Association ethics committee in December 2015, following an investigation into a "disloyal payment" of two million dollars from Blatter to Platini.

Blatter shared the draw ceremony stage that day with Putin. Federation Internationale de Football Association said on its official Twitter account.

That spirit of global togetherness is on display in pubs and city squares all over the world during the 2018 FIFA World Cup, a tournament that brings together the finest footballers on the planet.

Infantino, who comes from a neighboring town in the same Swiss canon (state) as his predecessor, has promised to draw a line under FIFA's corruption problems and clean up the organisation. It was reduced to six by FIFA's appeals panel.

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