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The Russian Football Union honorary president Vyacheslav Koloskov, who played an important role in securing the tournament, was quoted by Russian news agency RIA Novosti as saying he meant to meet with Blatter.

"I spoke with one of your colleagues from Associated Press and he said if Wales and Scotland joined together and I said, why not Ireland'".

The one-time globe-trotting football leader, with a famed capacity to defy jet lag, has rarely flown in recent years since American and Swiss investigators unsealed sweeping investigations in May 2015 of corruption and bribery linked to global soccer and marketing officials, including some FIFA vice-presidents.

"It is good for me because when I came back, I had the impression that it is my World Cup", he said.

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"I think England or Ireland deserve to organise the World Cup".

The ban was imposed shortly after the Swiss attorney-general's office began criminal proceedings against him on suspicion of criminal mismanagement and misappropriation.

Blatter's career has been riddled with a number of controversies, and was replaced as President of Federation Internationale de Football Association by Gianni Infantino in 2016.

No charges have yet been brought and Blatter has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing. "I said why not Ireland?"

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The CSU is more conservative than Merkel's CDU and its paramount aim is to maintain its dominance in Bavaria . She has also called for a "national effort" to ensure that rejected asylum-seekers leave Germany.

Swiss Blatter, who was suspended in 2015, also said he felt "abandoned" by Federation Internationale de Football Association and that he should have stepped aside earlier.

"I was suspended, I'm still a suspended president". "It was not an easy time for me, it's still not the easiest time".

"Football should not be dominated by politics. But in the past we have seen that there is political intervention for football", he said.

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