Blatter says he will use influence for UK, Irish bid

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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.

The ban was imposed shortly after the Swiss attorney general's office began criminal proceedings against him on suspicion of criminal mismanagement and misappropriation. He has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.

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.

Blatter will meet Putin on Wednesday, spokesman Thomas Renggli said, and watch Portugal take on Morocco at Moscow's Luzhniki stadium.

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"1966 was the last time England held a World Cup, so it is right for them not only to bid, but to organise the World Cup", said Blatter.

"I am a guest of the organising committee, but they will make an arrangement to see the President if ever possible".

"I think it is a respectful activity and I was happy to meet him (Putin) in the Kremlin", he said.

Asked how this would work given his ban and the fact that he remains under criminal investigation in his native Switzerland, Blatter said: "I'm suspended like a player, a coach or referee". The 82-year-old Blatter is banned from official football duty until October 2021 for financial misconduct during this 17-year rule.

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That's because China, during their first and only World Cup appearance, lost to Brazil, Turkey and Costa Rica in 2002. On June 4, Russian Presidential Aide Yuri Ushakov said no specific preparations for the summit were underway.

Blatter, who has been suspended by Federation Internationale de Football Association since October 2015, backed Russia's bid, then, but believes it is time for England to try again.

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.

"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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