Day before World Cup, Putin thanks FIFA for keeping politics out of sport

Day before World Cup, Putin thanks FIFA for keeping politics out of sport

Russian President Vladimir Putin thanked FIFA on Wednesday for keeping politics out of sport, the day before the start of the soccer World Cup.

FIFA President Infantino and Russian President Putin attend the 68th FIFA Congress in Moscow
Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) listens to FIFA President Gianni Infantino during the 68th FIFA Congress in Moscow, Russia June 13, 2018. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin thanked FIFA on Wednesday for keeping politics out of sport, the day before the start of the soccer World Cup.

Russia will host the tournament from June 14 to July 15 in 12 stadiums spread across cities including Moscow, St Petersburg and Sochi.

"I wanted to underline FIFA's commitment to the principle of sports without politics," Putin said during a FIFA Congress in Moscow while standing next to the World Cup trophy.

(Reporting by Gabrielle TĂ©trault-Farber; writing by Maxim Rodionov)

Source: Reuters

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