Blatter hopes to at­tend fol­low­ing Putin’s in­vi­ta­tion

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Sepp Blatter hopes to at­tend the Por­tu­gal-Morocco game, and ful­fill an in­vi­ta­tion from Vladimir Putin to at­tend the World Cup.

Blatter's spokesman Thomas Reng­gli says the for­mer FIFA pres­i­dent plans to be in Moscow around June 20.

At Luzh­niki Sta­dium that day, the fix­ture for Cris­tiano Ron­aldo and Por­tu­gal is a "pos­si­ble game to watch," Reng­gli tells The As­so­ci­ated Press.

The 82-year-old Blatter has pre­vi­ously said his lawyers ad­vised against travel from Switzer­land since Amer­i­can and Swiss fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors un­sealed in­ves­ti­ga­tions linked to FIFA in May 2015.

His fi­nal trip abroad as FIFA leader was to Rus­sia in July 2015, for the World Cup qual­i­fy­ing pro­gram draw in St. Peters­burg where he shared a stage with Pres­i­dent Putin.

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