FIFA Fan Fest™ celebrates 2.5 million visitors milestone

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Blatter, who has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, said on Thursday he had been invited to the World Cup by Russian Federation, which he said had organised his trip and provided him with tickets and a fan ID.

Blatter, who is Swiss, said he hoped that the Federation Internationale de Football Association ban on him taking part in footballing activities would be lifted by the end of this year.

Nothing stops Blatter from buying a ticket or being invited to watch in a VIP area, and you didn't expect the notorious grifter to roll up to the box office.

"I still feel that England, the motherland of football, should have a World Cup when it's the turn of Europe", said Blatter, pointing out that 1966 was a long time ago.

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"It is good to be a fan", Blatter said before posing for photographs with the laminated Fan ID card.

Argentine government security official Guillermo Madero, who is in Russian Federation, told The Associated Press that the fan "won't be able to enter stadiums at the tournament and he won't be able to watch World Cup matches".

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FIFA, the Local Organising Committee and the Host Cities of the FIFA World Cup™ are thrilled to announce that the FIFA Fan Fest™ has already welcomed 2.5 million visitors.

The voting process for those tournaments is now tainted by suspicions of corruption.

The Swiss denied his presence at the World Cup would embarrass his successor, Gianni Infantino.

"If Fifa would have a little bit of respect knowing I have an official invitation to come here, they should have added an additional invitation to me, by saying, "OK, if you are coming on an official invitation, please be also our guest", this would be the respect".

Blatter was hosted Wednesday by Russian World Cup organizers and watched from a hospitality suite as Cristiano Ronaldo scored the winning goal.

"We have good contacts with Mr Infantino". Germany, the 2014 World Cup winners, even lost.

Yet they have all but guaranteed their passage out of Group A and are set to join the knockout stage for the first time since 1986.