Monday, August 21, 2017

FIFA expresses confidence in Russia for 2018 World Cup

Following a weekend trip to St. Petersburg, FIFA President Sepp Blatter said he has "full confidence" in the preparations made in the city for the upcoming 2018 World Cup.

"The 2018 Russian Local Organizing Committee is on a very good track", Blatter tweeted on Sunday, according to World Football Insider.

During his weekend visit, Blatter met with Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko, football union president Nikolai Tolstykh and LOC CEO Alexey Sorokin, as well as other prominent Russian leaders involved with the upcoming World Cup.

During Blatter's stay, he received a call from President Vladimir Putin offering his support for the upcoming games. He also received a presentation from sports minister Mutko detailing the construction plans for the $400 million venue to house the 2018 games, World Football Insider reports.

The 2018 World Cup games will also be held in Moscow, Sochi and Yekaterinburg.