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Putin still hopes to host 2018 FIFA WC

According to Fifa football and sport are outside politics. The Russian president agrees.

Russian president Vladimir Putin. Picture: AFP

LAKE SELIGER - President Vladimir Putin said on Friday he hoped Russia would not lose the right to hold the 2018 World Cup football tournament, following Western calls to strip Russia of the contest.

Asked whether there were any risks Russia could lose its right to hold the tournament due to the "complicated political situation", Putin said: "I hope not. Fifa has already said football and sport are outside politics and I think that is the right approach."