- Associated Press - Thursday, December 17, 2015

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin says that Russia honestly won the right to host the 2018 World Cup.

Asked to comment on the ongoing investigation into the alleged corruption at FIFA, he said that Russia has done nothing wrong. He said that the nation has won the right to host the soccer tournament in an “honest competition.”

Putin has praised FIFA’s suspended president, Sepp Blatter, for his contribution to the world soccer. And the Russian leader repeated his belief that Blatter deserves a Nobel prize for his efforts.

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