Russia: Scandal Has Disrupted Communication with FIFA

FIFA President Sepp Blatter left Switzerland for the first time in two months on Thursday, arriving for the 2018 World Cup qualifying draw on Saturday, with Russia saying that communication with FIFA has been disrupted by the corruption crisis, the AP reports. Blatter will no longer be FIFA president by the time of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, with the 79-year-old Swiss due to leave office in seven months after almost 18 years in power. The uncertainty about the leadership of world soccer is creating some issues for Russia, whose sports minister, Vitality Mutko, joined Blatter on arrival at his St. Petersburg hotel on Thursday.

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