Putin congratulates Blatter on re-election

Russia’s Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has sent a telegram of

congratulations to FIFA President Sepp Blatter on his re-election

to the post.

Putin and Blatter have cultivated close contacts since Russia’s

winning bid for the 2018 World Cup, when it saw off competition

from England, Spain-Portugal and Belgium-Netherlands.

Blatter survived a maelstrom of corruption controversy to be

overwhelmingly re-elected at a FIFA Congress in Zurich on Wednesday

for his fourth consecutive term.

Putin said Thursday that Blatter’s victory showed he was a

”high global authority” in the game who will continue to

”selflessly serve this significant form of sport.”