Head of world football Sepp Blatter has been in Moscow to look first hand at Russian preparations ahead of the 2018 World Cup.
Blatter and Russian President Vladimir Putin took a tour around Moscow’s famed Luzhniki stadium which is undergoing an extensive revamp.
Putin spoke of the extent of the work, which will see matches played in 12 twelve stadiums in 11 cities: “This tournament requires a huge amount of work that we have to complete. The scale of the work and the audience the event generates, equals that of the Olympics,” said the president.
Blatter offered ‘unconditional’ backing to Moscow and said FIFA supports the staging of the World Cup by Russia.
A number of sources claim European nations have discussed a boycott of the World Cup.
The FIFA boss poured cold water on the idea that countries may withdraw. “A boycott will never have a positive effect,” said the 78-year-old.