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Banned Blatter arrives in Russia for World Cup

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

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MOSCOW, Russia (AP) — Suspended former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has arrived in Moscow for a World Cup visit at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Blatter posed for photographs with people on his arrival at a five-star hotel downtown.

The 82-year-old former FIFA president is banned from official football duty until October 2021 for financial misconduct during this 17-year rule. Blatter shared the stage that day with Putin and could meet with the Russian president this week.

The FIFA ban does not prevent Blatter attending games and he is expected to see Portugal play Morocco on Wednesday at Luzhniki Stadium.

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