The one-time globe-trotting football leader, with a famed capacity to defy jet lag, has rarely flown in recent years since American and Swiss investigators unsealed sweeping investigations in May 2015 of corruption and bribery linked to global soccer and marketing officials, including some FIFA vice-presidents.
To celebrate the beginning of the World Cup, a Chandigarh Physical Education teacher, Balraj Singh, carved out a miniature sculpture of the FIFA World Cup trophy here.
He is travelling with his partner Linda Barras on his first public appearance outside his native Switzerland since July 2015 when the World Cup qualifying draw was conducted in St. Petersburg.
The Swiss national was suspended for six years by Fifa in 2016 from football-related activities over a 1.8-million-euro ($2 million) payment to former UEFA chief Michel Platini. "It depends on what he does at the match", said Federation Internationale de Football Association spokesman Alois Hug.
"This is what I introduced in 2011", said Blatter. "But the elections should be made by secret ballot". "But the elections should be made by secret ballot, this is also in the statutes of Federation Internationale de Football Association and the regulations and you should not announce who votes for whom".
Blatter voted for Russian Federation to host the World Cup when it won a four-candidate contest in December 2010. "I said why not Ireland?"
Blatter was replaced at the head of Federation Internationale de Football Association by Gianni Infantino.
I recently went to check out the fun while visiting Russian Federation for this year's World Cup. "It was not an easy time for me, it's still not the easiest time".