He arrived in Moscow on Tuesday to attend the soccer World Cup, posing for selfies with fans in a hotel lobby before a meeting his spokesman said is scheduled for Wednesday with President Vladimir Putin.
Blatter, who has been suspended by Federation Internationale de Football Association since October 2015, backed Russia's bid, then, but believes it is time for England to try again.
The 82-year-old is being investigated by Swiss prosecutors for alleged corruption during his 17-year reign as head of world football's governing body.
England bid for this year's tournament but lost out to Russian Federation, in spite of being one of the favourites.
"I was welcomed here, and I have to say, and I've had the impression sometimes that time has stopped - I still feel part of it".
On Wednesday, he said that the tournament in Russia felt like "my World Cup", and on Thursday he said he would like to say "well done" to Infantino, his FIFA successor, for the World Cup so far, but added that FIFA should not be embarrassed by his presence there. "I am a personal guest here today", he said. This is the first time a FIFA World Cup event is being held in Russian Federation and after eight years since the 2006 edition was held in Germany.
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He has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing despite his ban and struck a defiant tone in Moscow, describing the criminal probe as "an attack on FIFA" and saying he was still president of the organisation. (I was told that) it could be with Wales and Scotland together but I said why not Ireland altogether?
"It should not be an embarrassment to Federation Internationale de Football Association that I am here", he told Channel 4 News.
I recently went to check out the fun while visiting Russian Federation for this year's World Cup.
Chinese football fans have purchased more than 40,000 tickets for the World Cup, placing them ninth among all countries and regions, Xinhua reports, citing FIFA statistics. "I'm still president, but suspended", he said.
When asked how if he was banned he could attend the World Cup the former chief quickly responded. "But in the past, we have seen that there is political intervention for football".
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