Moscow — Russian President Vladimir Putin has said embattled
FIFA president Sepp Blatter deserves a Nobel Prize for his work in world sport.
In an interview with Swiss TV broadcast on Monday, two days
after Putin and Blatter hosted the preliminary draw for Russia's 2018 World
Cup, Putin said "people like Blatter ... deserve special
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Besides Blatter, Putin suggested heads of international
sports federations and Olympic committees would also be worthy recipients,
adding: "Let's have Nobel Prizes for people like that."
On Saturday, Blatter told Putin that the Russian people
"can be proud" of him and that FIFA says "yes to Russia, we are
providing our support."
Swiss and U.S. authorities are investigating possible
corruption in the bidding process for the 2018 World Cup and the 2022
tournament, won by Qatar.For
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