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Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter arrived at the World Cup on Tuesday as a guest of Russia's President Vladimir Putin.

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

Blatter, who was speaking at a hotel in central Moscow, said he and Putin, who have known each other for a long time, had chatted about the World Cup and that Putin had spoken of the pleasure he took in hosting the tournament.

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.

The 82-year-old Blatter is serving a six-year ban from official football duties for financial misconduct during this 17-year rule.

England bid for this year's tournament but lost out to Russian Federation despite being one of the favourites.

"I have done nothing wrong, tell me what I have done wrong", Blatter told Channel 4 News.

Speaking in front of the Kremlin against of backdrop of football fans queuing to visit Moscow's Red Square, Blatter said he had advocated Russian Federation be chosen as the World Cup host in 2010.

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When asked how if he was banned he could attend the World Cup the former chief quickly responded.

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"But the elections should be made by secret ballot, this is also in the statutes of Federation Internationale de Football Association and the regulations and you should not announce who votes for whom", Blatter said.

"It should not be an embarrassment to Federation Internationale de Football Association that I am here", he told Channel 4 News.

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

"Football should not be dominated by politics".

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"It is emotional to come here, football is still my life, you can not stop that after working for 41 years in football", he said.


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