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Putin, FIFA head discuss World Cup preparations

by fwire  Jan 20, 2013 23:31 IST

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Moscow, Jan 20 (IANS) Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed preparations for the 2018 football World Cup with FIFA head Joseph Blatter, the Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

During a telephone conversation with Blatter, who was visiting Russia to attend the 21st CIS and Baltic Cup matches, Putin and the FIFA official exchanged opinions "on current aspects of preparations for the FIFA World Cup in Russia," reports Xinhua.

Blatter was to visit the Commonwealth Cup in St. Petersburg, an under-21 tournament for post-Soviet states. He has visited the tournament since 1993.

According to Putin, the FIFA president's presence at the CIS and Baltic Cup "adds authority to this tournament," Peskov said.

Commenting on the 2018 game, Blatter said the football championship would bring people from the entire world together, because "football is more than a game."

Eleven Russian cities, including Moscow, St. Petersburg and Sochi, are to host the 2018 football World Cup. Russia pledged to hold a high quality championships with full-scale preparation works.

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