Blatter backs joint UK & Ireland bid for 2030 World Cup

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But nowhere is it more evident than at FIFA's official Fan Fests in this year's World Cup host country of Russian Federation.

The 82-year-old former FIFA president is banned from official football duty until October 2021 for financial misconduct during this 17-year rule.

"It is good for me because when I came back, I had the impression that it is my World Cup", he said.

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

Blatter arrived in central Moscow by auto, where he spoke briefly to reporters and said he just wanted to enjoy the World Cup before he was surrounded by fans who he posed with for selfies. With the FIFA World Cup 2018 underway, the football fans in Kerala are not leaving any stone unturned in enjoying the biggest tournament to it's fullest.

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His appearance at the World Cup in Russian Federation is potentially embarrassing for FIFA and its new head, Gianni Infantino, who has promised to clean up the organisation.

"This is what I introduced in 2011", said Blatter. "You should not announce who votes for who".

The result of each ballot and related votes by members of the FIFA Congress for the 2026 hosts were made public.

The fan figures are comparable to the 2002 World Cup, according to Xinhua, when the Chinese team qualified for the World Cup finals for their first and so far only time, seeing around 50,000 Chinese fans turned up in Japan and South Korea to cheer on their heroes.

As FIFA's CEO-general secretary, Blatter oversaw preparations for each World Cup from 1982 to 1998. "I went for re-election again but I would have preferred to have had a better departure in 2014".

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