Day Before World Cup, Putin Thanks FIFA for Keeping Politics Out of Sport

FIFA president Gianni Infantino, right, and Russian President Vladimir Putin attend the 68th FIFA Congress in Moscow on Wednesday (13/06). (Reuters Photo/Sergei Karpukhin)

By : Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber | on 8:01 PM June 13, 2018
Category : Sports, Football

Moscow. Russian President Vladimir Putin thanked FIFA on Wednesday (13/06) for keeping politics out of sport, the day before the start of the football World Cup.

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