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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.

Disgraced former Federation Internationale de Football Association president Sepp Blatter has defied a ban to attend World Cup matches and arrived in Moscow at the invitation of President Vladimir Putin. "We spoke about football and the good start of the competition, the good start of the team".

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.

He has previously suggested there was an agreement in place for Russian Federation to host the 2018 World Cup - before the vote took place.

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. A National Security Council spokesperson tweeted that Bolton will first meet with U.S. allies in London and Rome to talk about national security issues, then head to Russian Federation "to discuss a potential meeting" between the two world leaders.

The Kremlin on Wednesday said Vladimir Putin did not watch Russia's surprise win over Egypt in the World Cup because he was on a plane but added that he reacted "very positively, like the whole of our country".

"It is his World Cup now", said Blatter.

"I have a very special relationship with Gianni Infantino", he said, " it means we don't speak!" "It's not the first time I'm there", the 82-year-old said. "How I was received here, television, cameras, people, photographs, and so on", he said.

Russian Federation got the World Cup off to a thrilling start when it wowed crowds with a 5-0 victory over Saudi Arabia in the curtain-raising game on June 14, before tournament favourites like Argentina and Brazil failed to register a win. "To live these emotions for me was good, to say, 'He is still alive".

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