Russian president Vladimir Putin waded into the FIFA scandal by accusing the United States of interfering in FIFA affairs after the US Justice Department ordered Swiss police to arrest seven senior FIFA officials on Wednesday. They were among nine current and former FIFA officials indicted.
Putin suggested the US was seeking to derail Russia's 2018 World Cup plans. His comments came after former UEFA president Lennart Johannsen backed calls for Russia to be stripped of the tournament and said it should be handed to England.
Backing Blatter's re-election bid, Putin said: Unfortunately our American partners are using these methods in order to achieve their own selfish gains and it is illegal to persecute people.
I would not rule out that in regards to FIFA, the same thing could be happening, though I do not know how it will end,” he said according to Russia Today.
The fact that this is happening right on the eve of the FIFA presidential elections, gives one this exact impression underlined Putin.