Blatter deserves the Nobel Prize: Putin


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    Vladimir Putin and Sepp Blatter just can’t stop praising each other.

    The Russian president, speaking with Swiss TV on Monday, said the embattled head of FIFA deserves a Nobel Prize for his work.

    Two days after Putin and Blatter hosted the preliminary draw for the 2018 World Cup, Putin said “people like Blatter … deserve special recognition”.

    Blatter had opened the draw ceremony Saturday – held at a palace in St Petersburg that is an official Putin residence – and warmly congratulated his host.

    “Thank you, President Putin, you make us happy and comfortable,” said Blatter, who was making his first trip outside his native Switzerland since American and Swiss investigations of corruption in soccer were revealed in May.

    Besides Blatter, Putin suggested to Swiss state broadcaster RTS that heads of international sports federations and Olympic committees would also be worthy recipients.

    “Let’s have Nobel Prizes for people like that,” said Putin, who approved lavish spending on the 2014 Sochi Olympics that cost $US51 billion ($A70 billion) to prepare and stage.

    On Saturday, Blatter told Putin that the Russian people “can be proud” of him and that FIFA says “yes to Russia, we are providing our support”.

    Russia’s successful bid to host the World Cup is central to the Swiss federal investigation. That case also focuses on the 2022 bidding campaign, won by Qatar.

    The American case has named three former FIFA vice presidents among 14 soccer and marketing officials indicted in May on widespread racketeering charges.

    A further four men have made guilty pleas in the widening case that is also expected to target Blatter and the 2018-2022 World Cup bid contests.

    © AP 2018

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    • Roar Rookie

      July 29th 2015 @ 5:56am
      Stevo said | July 29th 2015 @ 5:56am | ! Report

      Blatter deserves the Nobel Prize: Putin

      Said one despot to another. Ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • July 29th 2015 @ 7:17am
      The artist formerly known as Punter said | July 29th 2015 @ 7:17am | ! Report

      Blatter gets Noble prize for giving the WC to Qatar & Russia, he also gets a big brown bag.

      • Roar Guru

        July 31st 2015 @ 9:07am
        Nicholas Rupolo said | July 31st 2015 @ 9:07am | ! Report

        Blatter gets the nobel prize, says the one who would probably get a giant brown paper bag from this tournament anyway, this corporation has been corrupt for sometime and it’s annoying. Michel Platini and Mong Joon i think his name is are now saying they will stand for fifa presidency.

    • July 29th 2015 @ 7:47am
      Balotelli said | July 29th 2015 @ 7:47am | ! Report

      Yeh Stevo…It appears despot is a term reserved for any leader who refuses to go along with the wishes of Western leaders….

      Many pro West despotic institutions and regimes go ahead without being called names

      • July 29th 2015 @ 9:23am
        moss said | July 29th 2015 @ 9:23am | ! Report

        Exactly Balo. Nevermind the fact that a US President that routinely violates international law by droning (ie killing) civilians of foreign nations without due process gets a Nobel Peace Prize.
        Gimme a break AP.

        • July 29th 2015 @ 9:28am
          nordster said | July 29th 2015 @ 9:28am | ! Report

          well to be fair obozo got one just for being elected haha…..nobel’s remorse on that award i suspect! He was meant to be their golden boy and all…

      • Roar Rookie

        July 29th 2015 @ 1:46pm
        Stevo said | July 29th 2015 @ 1:46pm | ! Report

        Strawman argument = “despot is a term reserved for any leader who refuses to go along with the wishes of Western leaders”

    • Roar Guru

      July 29th 2015 @ 9:32am
      Fussball ist unser leben said | July 29th 2015 @ 9:32am | ! Report

      Well, he’s certainly done fewer bad & evil things in his life than previous Winners, including: European Union, Barack Obama, Shimon Peres, Yitzhak Rabin, Yasser Arafat, Menachem Begin, Anwar Sadat.

      For heaven’s sake Henry Kissinger won the Prize in 1973. He’s pure evil who should be taken to The Hague & face the International Criminal Court for Crimes against Humanity

      • July 29th 2015 @ 9:39am
        nordster said | July 29th 2015 @ 9:39am | ! Report

        And fifa does promote non murderous expressions of nationalism….

        Even if there are the occasional brown paper bags….i’ll take that over the preferred bag of the statist….the body bags of someone else’s children….

      • July 29th 2015 @ 10:01am
        AR said | July 29th 2015 @ 10:01am | ! Report

        Fuss is right – Sepp for the Nobel!

        (I’ll start collecting signatures)

        • Roar Guru

          July 29th 2015 @ 10:11am
          Fussball ist unser leben said | July 29th 2015 @ 10:11am | ! Report

          Egg Ball fans with the usual delusional dreams of getting involved with global issues.

          I suggest you stick to Straya issues – start collecting signatures for “Stop The Boos”.

          • July 29th 2015 @ 10:33am
            AR said | July 29th 2015 @ 10:33am | ! Report

            Ha – yes, contemplating the worthiness of Sepp Blatter for a Nobel Prize is exactly the sort of heady global issue I seek to be “invovled in”.

            Delusional dreams indeed.

        • July 29th 2015 @ 11:21am
          The artist formerly known as Punter said | July 29th 2015 @ 11:21am | ! Report

          You add nothing to any of the football threads but be Fuss’s & Midfielder’s shadow & pick fights. Go back to the AFL tab with all your irrelevant comments.

          Go back & defend your boo boys with your tall poppy crap.

      • Roar Guru

        July 29th 2015 @ 3:11pm
        Kaks said | July 29th 2015 @ 3:11pm | ! Report

        How did i know you were going to write some tripe defending your pal Blatter as soon as I saw this article…

        • July 29th 2015 @ 3:16pm
          The artist formerly known as Punter said | July 29th 2015 @ 3:16pm | ! Report

          Another one!!!! Listen I don’t agree or believe some of things Fuss says, he goes way over the top sometimes. I just ignore them when he goes OTT.
          However, I don’t see what he wrote above was wrong. He wasn’t backing Blatter
          I don’t know or care about AFL, I don’t go on the AFL tab to talk AFL.
          If you knew what Fuss was going to do, either don’t open the article or ignore his posts. Simple.

    • Roar Pro

      July 29th 2015 @ 10:07am
      albatross said | July 29th 2015 @ 10:07am | ! Report

      The Second Captains suggested that the lack of lines and facial expression evinced by Putin during his TV interview suggested that Putin has actually been replaced by a poorly made android robotic device.

      • July 29th 2015 @ 10:21am
        nordster said | July 29th 2015 @ 10:21am | ! Report

        still with the autismo narrative? 😉

        its almost like we’re not supposed to like him or somethin….

        maybe western politicians should focus group his style….has better approval ratings at home than our slimeball pollies…. And he’s clearly not trying that hard to be likeable!

    • Roar Guru

      July 29th 2015 @ 10:07am
      Mister Football said | July 29th 2015 @ 10:07am | ! Report

      That Blatter would win the Nobel Prize at the prompting of Putin would be an appropriate conclusion to Blatter’s glittering career.

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