• Putin to meet FIFA chief Blatter at Russia World Cup draw


    MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet outgoing FIFA head Sepp Blatter on the sidelines of a 2018 World Cup draw, the Kremlin said, amid a corruption scandal that threatened to hit Russia’s hosting of the event. Russia is set to host the 2018 World Cup, but the bidding process for the tournament, as well as that of Qatar’s 2024 World Cup, has come under scrutiny as part of twin Swiss and US corruption investigations into FIFA’s practices. Moscow has portrayed the US probe that saw FIFA officials arrested in May as a Western-orchestrated attempt to strip Russia of its right to host the World Cup.



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