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Disgraced former Federation Internationale de Football Association president Sepp Blatter has said that he would like to see a joint United Kingdom and Ireland bid host the 2030 World Cup.

"Fifa has taken note of Mr Blatter's visit to Russia", Fifa told the BBC.

England deserve to host the World Cup in 2030 and should mount a joint bid with Ireland, banned former Federation Internationale de Football Association president Sepp Blatter said on Wednesday. Both men deny any wrongdoing.

The two men developed a close relationship after Fifa's disputed decision in 2010 to award this year's tournament to Russian Federation instead of England.

Blatter said it was "respectful" to be invited to the Kremlin despite being suspended from football.

The 82-year-old said he and Putin exchanged "small talk" and the president reminded him of the telephone conversation they had on 2 December, 2010, when Russian Federation won the right to host the 2018 World Cup, beating, among others, a bid from England. "But I'm a guest and I'm taking the programme they are offering to me. and I'm happy to be here". This is the first time a FIFA World Cup event is being held in Russian Federation and after eight years since the 2006 edition was held in Germany.

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The 82-year-old struck a defiant tone in Moscow, describing the criminal probe as "an attack on FIFA" and saying he was still president of the organisation.

"I was suspended, I'm still a suspended president".

"I should have stopped after the 2014 World Cup which was a wonderful World Cup". The fans eagerly wait to see if wonder boy Neymar who was brilliant at the 2104 World Cup can carry his form into this edition of the football extravaganza. "I'm still president, but suspended", he told RT.

"It is good for me because when I came back, I had the impression that it is my World Cup", he said. "But in the past, we have seen that there is political intervention for football".

"I am not sure if they will go deep into the tournament, but definitely onto the knockout stage".


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