Blatter says he will use influence for UK, Irish bid

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Over one million people have attended the 2018 FIFA World Cup fan festival in the 11 Russian host cities over the first four days of the tournament, FIFA said on Sunday.

Fulfilling a long-standing personal invitation from Putin to attend the World Cup, Blatter will travel to St. Petersburg to see Brazil play Costa Rica on Friday. The term was later reduced to six years.

"Today I saw Infantino and Blatter at the stadium, it's true", TASS quoted Sorokin as saying, adding that the former Federation Internationale de Football Association head had praised Russia's organisation of the World Cup.

"We have no further comment at the present stage".

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He was banned from all footballing activities for making a dishonest payment to ex-UEFA boss Michel Platini. Both men deny any wrongdoing.

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England bid for this year's tournament but lost out to Russian Federation despite being one of the favourites.

The whole world is under the grip of the ongoing Federation Internationale de Football Association fever with fans cheering for their favourite teams as matches are being played in host country Russia. Beyond social media, fans can join the campaign by taking their rival picture at a special Hug Counter booth at the FIFA Fan Fest™ in Moscow.

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To bring fans into the FIFA World Cup™ conversation like never before, FIFA offers a diverse array of global fan-engagement initiatives. "I take the program they are offering to me, and I am happy to be here", he said.

"I have done nothing wrong, tell me what I have done wrong", Blatter told Channel 4 News.

"I feel a little abandoned because I am suspended, but I am still the elected president".

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.

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Good thing he has stayed true to form in his time away from the cameras - Blatter is still a bumbling buffoon, and bungled most of his answers in the Channel 4 interview when repeatedly pressed about the allegations he is facing. "It was not an easy time for me, it's still not the easiest time".