Published: Wed, June 20, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Ex-FIFA president Sepp Blatter to attend Portugal's clash with Morocco

Ex-FIFA president Sepp Blatter to attend Portugal's clash with Morocco

Disgraced former Federation Internationale de Football Association chief Sepp Blatter will defy a ban to attend two World Cup matches and also meet Russian President Vladimir Putin, his spokesman said on Monday. They have had it in 1966 so it is a long time ago.

"With 48 teams [in a World Cup], you need more than one country [to host]". The state has got one of the most passionate fan bases of Brazil and Argentina, the two title favourites in Russian Federation.

The ban was imposed shortly after the Swiss attorney-general's office began criminal proceedings against him on suspicion of criminal mismanagement and misappropriation.

Serbia's fans cheer at the FIFA World Cup Fan Fest in Saint Petersburg, Russia on June 17, 2018. Federation Internationale de Football Association said on its official Twitter account.

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No charges have yet been brought and Blatter has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.

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"This is what I introduced in 2011", Blatter said. "This is also in the statutes of Federation Internationale de Football Association and the regulations and you should not announce who votes for whom".

Blatter voted for Russian Federation to host the World Cup when it won a four-candidate contest in December 2010.

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The result of each ballot and related votes by members of the FIFA Congress for the 2026 hosts were made public.

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.

The World Cup is also influencing consumer behaviour in China, with fans stocking up on snacks and beverages to enjoy while viewing matches, some of which take place deep into the night due to time zone differences.

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