Fifa president Sepp Blatter deserves a Nobel Prize, says Russian president Vladimir Putin.
World football’s governing body is engulfed in a corruption crisis,including an investigation into the award of the 2018 World Cup to Russia.
“People like Mr Blatter or the heads of big international sporting federations, or the Olympic Games, deserve special recognition,” said Putin.
“If there is anyone who deserves the Nobel Prize, it’s those people.”
Blatter announced he would be stepping down on 2 June following the arrest of seven Fifa officials as part of a United States investigation that saw 14 people indicted on corruption charges.