Sepp Blatter said Michel Platini, the ex-UEFA president who is banned from football over corruption, had also been invited to the tournament by Putin.
FIFA is set to ignore the old adage about not messing with a winning formula by approving president Gianni Infantino's plans to expand the World Cup.
Authorities searched the offices of France's soccer federation and seized documents in support of a Swiss investigation into former FIFA President Sepp Blatter, Switzerland's Office of the Attorney General (OAG) said on Wednesday.
Gianni Infantino vowed yesterday to lead FIFA, the sport’s world governing body, out of years of corruption and scandal after being elected president to succeed his Swiss compatriot Sepp Blatter.
Some national teams have been given unfavourable competition fixtures for failing to toe the political line inside soccer's world governing body, the Jordanian candidate to become its next president said on Thursday.