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Sepp Blatter Thinks UK And Ireland Could Host 2030 World Cup

Sepp Blatter Thinks UK And Ireland Could Host 2030 World Cup

Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter arrived at the World Cup on Tuesday as a guest of Russia's President Vladimir Putin.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Wednesday Blatter was visiting Russian Federation in a non-official capacity, and Blatter later said his meeting with Putin had not yet been confirmed.

The Russian Football Union honorary president Vyacheslav Koloskov, who played an important role in securing the tournament, was quoted by Russian news agency RIA Novosti as saying he meant to meet with Blatter.

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

I said, 'Why not Ireland?'

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. "I take the program they are offering to me, and I am happy to be here", he said.

National senior women's football team assistant coach Andrew Price has labelled host country Russian Federation as the most impressive team six days into the FIFA World Cup.

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

The vote for the 2018 World Cup and the 2022 tournament, which will be played in Qatar, was made by the former executive committee.

As FIFA's CEO-general secretary, Blatter oversaw preparations for each World Cup from 1982 to 1998.

However, Blatter joked about his relationship with Infantino, who is from a neighboring town in the same Swiss region.

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 organization.

"I am suspended and the suspension is as a Federation Internationale de Football Association president".

Brazil might not be the runaway favourites for the 2018 World Cup title but for the fans in Kerala, football is above the trophy.

"Football should not be dominated by politics. Football should help, perhaps, to solve political problems", he said.

"It is emotional to come here, football is still my life, you can not stop that after working for 41 years in football", he said.