- Former FIFA boss Sepp Blatter is set to defy a ban to attend two World Cup matches in Russia
- The 82-year-old was suspended for six years by FIFA in February 2016 from any football-related activity
Former FIFA president, Sepp Blatter is reported by the AFP to defy a FIFA ban and attend two World Cup matches in Russia.
The 82-year-old is will also meet Russian President Vladimir Putin, his spokesman said Monday. He is slated to fly to Moscow Tuesday ahead of Wednesday's Portugal-Morocco Group B match in the Russian capital.
Blatter will also attend Brazil's Group E match against Costa Rica in St Petersburg on Friday before returning to Switzerland.
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Mr Blatter was suspended in February 2016 from all football-related activities over a 1.8-million-euro ($2mln) payment to Michel Platini.
The news report also opined that FIFA said it had no comment Blatter’s trip.
Sepp Blatter was replaced as head of the world football body by Gianni Infantino.
Sepp Blatter is a Swiss German football administrator who was the eighth president of FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) from 1998 to 2015.
He is currently serving a six-year ban from participating in FIFA activities.
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