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Blatter to use 'influence' for British Cup bid


Big ask: Sepp Blatter
Big ask: Sepp Blatter

By Robert Jones

Sepp Blatter has said he will use his "influence" to help a British bid to win the right to stage the 2030 World Cup, providing his help is wanted.

The disgraced ex-Fifa president was in Moscow, where he is a guest of president Vladimir Putin despite being banned from all football activities.

Blatter, much to Fifa's obvious unease, attended the Portugal-Morocco game at the Luzhniki Stadium and then had dinner with Mr Putin.

The 82-year-old said he and Putin exchanged "small talk" and the president reminded him of the telephone conversation they had on December 2, 2010, when Russia won the right to host the 2018 World Cup, beating, among others, a bid from England.

Blatter, who has been suspended by Fifa since October 2015, backed Russia's bid then, but believes it is time for England to try again, and he is willing to help.

"I still feel that England, the motherland of football, should have a World Cup when it's the turn of Europe," said Blatter, pointing out that 1966 was a long time ago.

"There will be a lot of contenders (for 2030) but they will deserve it. So good luck for England."

Asked if he would use the influence to support a British bid, he said: "OK, I will use my influence, if England will accept my influence."

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