Putin praises Fifa president Sepp Blatter, says he deserves Nobel Prize
July 28 , 2015
Russia’s president Vladimir Putin has said that Sepp Blatter, the beleaguered president of world football’s governing body FIFA, deserves a Nobel Prize.
FIFA has been hit by a damaging corruption scandal, and a probe is also looking into the award of the next World Cup to Russia. On June 2, Blatter, 79, announced he would step down after senior FIFA officials were arrested in the corruption probe.
Putin said he didn’t “believe a word about” the FIFA president “being involved in corruption personally”.