World Cup hosts will support Zurich dictator after helping former communists to win 2018 bid.
Russia Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has personally given his support to Fifa president Sepp Blatter in the upcoming elections.
The 75-year-old visited Moscow last week to gather support ahead of the Fifa Congress on June 1.
Blatter is being challenged for his role by Asian Football Confederation president Mohamed Bin Hammam.
The Russian Football Association believes they have always had a good relationship with Blatter.
The Swiss national is said to be a ‘good friend and ally’ of the former Communist state and played a huge role in awarding the 2018 World Cup to Russia, defeating England along the way.
“It is to Blatter’s great credit that Russia won the right to host the World Cup,” Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko, who is also a member of FIFA’s executive board, was quoted as saying by local media.
Russia was given the rights because it was thought it would expand the borders of the game throughout the world.
Blatter was not so keen to see Qatar awarded the 2022 tournament but Bin Hammam was very influential in his home country making a successful bid.