But soccer’s world governing body said his presence did not directly violate his ban from football activities.
England were knocked out of the first round of bidding for this year’s World Cup with just one vote in 2010, but have reportedly been encouraged by recent conversations with FIFA officials about hosting the tournament in 12 years’ time.
“I think that England or Ireland deserve to organise the World Cup,” Blatter, in Russia to attend the World Cup as a guest of President Vladimir Putin, told Sky Sports.
The rule referred to by Blatter could allow a five-man task force to disqualify a candidate before a democratic vote is held.
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Morocco is bidding for the fifth time to host the World Cup finals, having also tried for the 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010 tournaments.
“You cannot use the World Cup as a guinea pig for such a serious intervention in the game,” Blatter said in an interview with Wednesday’s Sport Bild magazine.
Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told newsmen on Friday: “Of course, you know that the FIFA World Cup is a great feast of football and all guests will be welcomed here as well as the old friends.”
The Frenchman, whose job was to ensure smooth running of FIFA, and World Cup in particular, was right-hand man to now banned FIFA President, Sepp Blatter.
The Swiss Federal Court confirmed a Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling last year that upheld Platini’s ban.