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Putin opposed to FIFA venue advice

AP

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ruled out cutting any of the 11 host cities for the 2018 World Cup despite repeated recommendations from FIFA head Sepp Blatter.

Russia’s tournament organizers were surprised when Blatter suggested at the World Cup in Brazil that two stadiums should be dropped for the 2018 tournament. Blatter raised the issue again when he traveled to Russia earlier this month for a series of meetings.

However, Putin told local media Friday that the government discussed the issue and has “taken the decision not to reduce” the number of host cities.