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Suspended former Federation Internationale de Football Association president Sepp Blatter has arrived in Moscow for a World Cup visit at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Trump's National Security Adviser John Bolton plans to visit Moscow and has taken charge of communications between the two countries, a spokesperson told reporters on Thursday.

The U.S. president said in March he would meet Putin soon, but since then ties between Washington and Moscow have further deteriorated over the conflict in Syria and the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain, which the West blames on Moscow.

But the Federation Internationale de Football Association ban doesn't prevent him from attending games and he's expected to see Portugal play Morocco on Wednesday at Luzhniki Stadium.

The 82-year-old is being investigated by Swiss prosecutors for alleged corruption during his 17-year reign as head of world football's governing body.

Russian Federation was a shock victor for the 2018 tournament at the vote in December 2010, with even Putin himself was taken aback by the result - he says he is far more interested in ice hockey and martial arts.

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

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Federation Internationale de Football Association said that Blatter attending Moscow match did not directly constitute a breach of his ban.

Indeed, the World Cup offers a lot of lessons for the Chinese, and all football fans, for that matter - not only inside, but also outside, the pitch.

"I have been actively involved in 10 World Cups and this time I am only a guest".

He has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing despite his ban and 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 am not sure if they will go deep into the tournament, but definitely onto the knockout stage".

"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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