Disgraced former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has been invited to next year’s World Cup by Russian president Vladimir Putin.
Blatter led football’s governing body for 17 years until a corruption scandal forced him out of the sport.
FIFA’s ethics committee gave Blatter a six-year suspension from all football-related activities in 2015, but he has every intention of attending next year’s tournament as a spectator.
“I will go to the World Cup in Russia. I received an invitation from President Putin,” Blatter told the AFP news agency.
“I don’t know how long I will go for, whether I will be there for the opening match or the final. Read more