Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter claims VAR is failing

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Blatter, 82, said he had dined with Putin on Wednesday and congratulated him on Russia's organisation.

Despite being banned from all football-related activity for another three and a half years, there Blatter was watching Ronaldo light up the Luzhniki Stadium with his fourth goal of the tournament.

Nothing stops Blatter from buying a ticket or being invited to watch in a VIP area, and you didn't expect the notorious grifter to roll up to the box office.

Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter said Thursday he believes the World Cup should return to England when Europe next gets its turn to host the tournament.

He has previously suggested there was an agreement in place for Russian Federation to host the 2018 World Cup - before the vote took place.

Blatter's successor as Federation Internationale de Football Association president, Gianni Infantino - who played his part in that cringeworthy showing for the television cameras while sat between the two leaders - won't mind either.

Blatter, who attended a game between Portugal and Morocco on Wednesday, said he would attend a match between Brazil and Costa Rica later this week before flying out of St. Petersburg at the end of the week.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Wednesday Blatter was visiting Russian Federation in a non-official capacity, and Blatter later said his meeting with Putin had not yet been confirmed.

"It is his World Cup now", said Blatter.

Most of the executive committee members who took part in a December 2010 vote to pick Russian Federation and Qatar as future World Cup votes have been investigated or suspended by FIFA's ethics committee, or indicted by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Yet they have all but guaranteed their passage out of Group A and are set to join the knockout stage for the first time since 1986.

"There will be a lot of contenders (for 2030) but they will deserve it, and Scotland, Wales and the Irish - why not? - should be in, too, because that would be a better candidate for a 48-team World Cup".

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