Blatter Claims Ireland & UK Deserve To Host 2030 World Cup

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Over 1 mln people attend World Cup fan festival in Russia - Xinhua |

Moscow has provided reason Vladimir Putin did not watch Russia's win over Egypt in their second World Cup match.

The beer shortage that has left some Moscow bars and restaurants scrambling to supply thirsty patrons has not impacted FIFA World Cup venues, according to the global soccer tournament's official beer sponsor.

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.

The country selected 11 host cities to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup and they are Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.

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

"We haven't seen each other for two and a half years", he said.

"This is what I introduced in 2011", Blatter said. I am a personal guest here today. Football should help, perhaps, to solve political problems. Last week, using new rules under which all member states vote rather than a 24-member Executive Committee, the 2026 World Cup was awarded to the United States, Canada and Mexico, beating a bid from Morocco.

Russian Federation was a shock victor for the 2018 tournament at the vote in December 2010, with even Putin himself was taken aback by the result - he says he is far more interested in ice hockey and martial arts.

On Wednesday, he said that the tournament in Russia felt like "my World Cup", and on Thursday he said he would like to say "well done" to Infantino, his FIFA successor, for the World Cup so far, but added that FIFA should not be embarrassed by his presence there.

"I am not sure if they will go deep into the tournament, but definitely onto the knockout stage".

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.

He has announced he intends to stand for re-election as he looks to restore Fifa's reputation following the corruption scandal.

"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.

But nowhere is it more evident than at FIFA's official Fan Fests in this year's World Cup host country of Russian Federation.

"But It is good to be here to smell football and to smell the ambience".

"The expectation was great here in Russian Federation, because there was a lot of criticism, but in all the World Cups, there is always criticism".

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