Blatter will fly to Moscow for World Cup

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Soccer fans thought they might be able to get rid of him, but banned and shamed former FIFA president Sepp Blatter, the man who caused a massive overhaul in FIFA due to corruption, including bribery, is set to attend the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

Federation Internationale de Football Association has declined comment on details of Blatter's visit, saying it took note of his arrival.

With the World Cup flying in the face of predictions that it would be a doom and gloom affair, Russian President Vladimir Putin just couldn't resist trolling everyone - well, it is what he does best.

The ban does not prevent the former Federation Internationale de Football Association president from attending matches. Both men denied any wrongdoing.

Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday he did not know whether any meeting had been planned.

It was a chance to give his image a makeover, just like Blatter enabled Putin to do with Russian Federation by awarding him the World Cup. "I am a personal guest here today", he said.

The Swiss national was suspended for six years by Fifa in 2016 from football-related activities over a 1.8-million-euro ($2 million) payment to former UEFA chief Michel Platini.

At the two most recent World Cups in 2010 and 2014, fewer than 10,000 Chinese fans attended.

He claimed he has spoken to several senior figures in the game on the phone and they have welcomed him to the World Cup and said it was a "lost opportunity" on FIFA's part not to make "a little effort" on his behalf.

"With Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland they will be candidates I am sure".

The 82-year-old struck a defiant tone in Moscow, describing the criminal probe as "an attack on FIFA" and saying he was still president of the organisation.

"I am suspended and the suspension is as a Federation Internationale de Football Association president". "It was not an easy time for me, it's still not the easiest time".

I think that every time he comes on the world stage, he is under pressure to perform.

Last week, former Scottish Football Association boss Stewart Regan said an English-led home nations bid is "definitely on the radar".

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