Blatter tells 2018 World Cup critics to stay at home, not to go to Russia

FIFA President Joseph Blatter has said that those who criticize the hosting of the 2018 FIFA World Cup by Russia do not have to travel for the event.

FIFA President Joseph Blatter has said that those who criticize the hosting of the 2018 FIFA World Cup by Russia do not have to travel for the event.

"If some politicians are not particularly happy that we are taking the World Cup to Russia, I always say to them: well then, stay at home, while we will put the biggest football World Cup back on its feet in Russia," he said at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday.

Having recalled that there are still three years to go before the World Cup, Blatter said: "Both we FIFA, and I personally are satisfied with how the work is going on of preparing for and conducting this event."

He praised the Russian work of promoting the 2018 world cup on the global stage.

"You talked about relations, international cooperation. I can only confirm this: indeed, we have established quite an intense communication but this is also true about your work of international promotion of the football World Cup. This work deserves an excellent mark since my observation is that increasingly more people across the world are showing interest towards the 2018 FIFA world cup in Russia," Blatter said.

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