The 23 best World Cup players after the first round of action

The 23 best World Cup players after the first round of action

"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.

"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. Blatter was FIFA president from 1998 until being suspended from office in October 2015 in the fallout from USA and Swiss federal investigations of global football officials.

His appearance at the World Cup in Russian Federation is therefore potentially embarrassing for FIFA and its new head, Gianni Infantino, who has promised to draw a line under FIFA's corruption problems and clean up the organisation.

Blatter said it was "respectful" to be invited to the Kremlin despite being suspended from football.

The Kremlin said Tuesday there are no plans for a meeting between Trump and Putin before the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, Interfax reported. Both men deny any wrongdoing. "But I'm a guest, and I enjoyed the first match I have watched".

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Unilateral action would also anger our Austrian neighbour, who would be saddled with most of the migrants Germany turns back. Seibert declined to elaborate ahead of the meeting, which will be preceded by statements from the leaders.

"But if was the president of Federation Internationale de Football Association I would have said "Welcome to the World Cup, Blatter" - it's only for a few days".

"I was suspended, I'm still a suspended president".

On June 9, Peskov said the Russian and US presidents discussed the prospects for their meeting in a March phone call and talked about locations, with the Austrian capital, Vienna, as a possibility. "It was not an easy time for me, it's still not the easiest time".

Blatter, who has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, said on Thursday he had been invited to the World Cup by Russian Federation, which he said had organised his trip and provided him with tickets and a fan ID. "How I was received here, television, cameras, people, photographs, and so on", he said.

"1966 was the last time England held a World Cup, so it is right for them not only to bid, but to organise the World Cup", said Blatter.

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