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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Sepp Blatter deserves Nobel Prize, says Russian President Vladimir Putin

Despite investigations of corruption in the bidding to host the 2018 World Cup, Sepp Blatter assures Russian president Vladimir Putin that the country will have FIFA's full support leading up to the tournament.

Russian President Vladimir Putin believes FIFA chief Sepp Blatter is innocent of corruption, and even deserves a Nobel Prize.

Putin, whose country will host the 2018 World Cup, met Blatter before the event's preliminary draw on Saturday and said the leader of the football's under-fire world governing body had his respect.

"We all know the situation developing around Mr Blatter right now," Putin said in an interview with Swiss broadcaster RTS. "I don't want to go into details but I don't believe a...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Russian FA in denial over racism - Football Against Racism in Europe

Despite investigations of corruption in the bidding to host the 2018 World Cup, Sepp Blatter assures Russian president Vladimir Putin that the country will have FIFA's full support leading up to the tournament.

The Russian Football Union (RFS) is in "denial" over the issue of racism according to anti-discrimination group Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE), and must take a tougher stance ahead of hosting the 2018 World Cup.

The RFS has come under criticism this week for imposing a two-match ban on FC Ufa's Ghanaian player Emmanuel Frimpong for his reaction to alleged racist abuse.

Spartak Moscow, whose fans were accused of taunting the former Arsenal midfielder, were not punished. Spartak were...

 By PA Sport

Sepp Blatter: Russia will be 'fantastic host' for 2018 World Cup

2018 World Cup Chief, Alexey Sorokin, claims that questions over the bidding process are behind them.

Outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter told Russian president Vladimir Putin that the country would be a "fantastic" host of the 2018 World Cup.

Speaking ahead of the draw for the qualifying stages of the competition, Blatter -- who announced his resignation amid a corruption scandal sweeping world football's governing body - said FIFA had "complete trust" in their Russian hosts.

Blatter met Putin shared the stage prior to the draw at St Petersburg's Konstantinovsky Palace.

The 79-year-old Swiss said:...