Blatter says England should host World Cup

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Blatter, 82, said he had dined with Putin on Wednesday and congratulated him on Russia's organisation.

Blatter, much to FIFA's obvious unease, attended Wednesday's Portugal-Morocco game at the Luzhniki Stadium and then had dinner with Putin and deputy prime minister Vitaly Mutko in the head of state's Kremlin apartment.

In an interview with Britain's Channel 4 News, Blatter said he had been invited to the World Cup by the Russian organizing committee and Federation Internationale de Football Association should respect his right to be at the tournament.

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. "How I was received here, television, cameras, people, photographs, and so on", he said.

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The Swiss denied his presence at the World Cup would embarrass his successor, Gianni Infantino.

Russian Federation defied critics and confounded expectation by easing past Egypt 3-1 on Tuesday, all but assuring their place in the last 16 of a World Cup for the first time since the Soviet era.

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.

"We had small talks", Blatter, who converses with Putin in German, told reporters Thursday.

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The videos are among a string of incidents in which some Latin American fans are encouraging foreign women to say offensive things in languages they don't appear to understand.

"Today's game brings to 1 million the number of fans who have already attended World Cup matches". Blatter's, though, might not be such a good idea.

Yet they have all but guaranteed their passage out of Group A and are set to join the knockout stage for the first time since 1986.

Thankfully, Blatter will be gone by the end of the week, and can stop pretending the World Cup is all about him.

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