Blatter says England should host World Cup

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He invited me to his apartment in the Kremlin.

Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter said Thursday he believes the World Cup should return to England when Europe next gets its turn to host the tournament.

"I am not involved in football activities, I am a personal guest here today", he told Channel 4 News.

"I'm here to enjoy the World Cup", Blatter said after arriving on Tuesday.

"It should not be an embarrassment to Federation Internationale de Football Association that I am here", he told Channel 4 News.

"It is emotional to come here, football is still my life, you can not stop that after working for 41 years in football", he said.

Blatter will also watch Brazil's match against Costa Rica on Friday before flying back to Switzerland. A spokesman for Blatter said he was scheduled to meet with the Russian leader while in Moscow.

Trump will travel to Brussels for a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit July 11-12, and the meeting with Putin could take place before that, perhaps in Vienna, reports Reuters.

Blatter's ban was imposed shortly after the Swiss attorney general's office began criminal proceedings against him on suspicion of criminal mismanagement and misappropriation. Both men deny any wrongdoing. "And he has said 'OK, nothing.' So I don't think they are bothered", he said.

On June 9, Peskov said the Russian and USA presidents discussed the prospects for their meeting in a March phone call and talked about locations, with the Austrian capital, Vienna, as a possibility.

The 82-year-old said he and Putin exchanged "small talk" and the president reminded him of the telephone conversation they had on 2 December, 2010, when Russian Federation won the right to host the 2018 World Cup, beating, among others, a bid from England.

"It is good to be a fan", Blatter said before posing for photographs with the laminated Fan ID card.

"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.

"Football should not be dominated by politics". "But in the past, we have seen that there is political intervention for football".

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