"As for Joseph Blatter, he is a very respected man. He has done a lot for the development of international football. You know, his contribution in the humanitarian sphere in the world is enormous. He always used or tried using football not just as a sport, but as an element of cooperation between countries and peoples. This is who should be given the Nobel Peace Prize," Putin said at an annual press conference.
FIFA's Blatter Deserves Nobel Peace Prize - Putin
11:49 GMT 17.12.2015 (Updated: 11:55 GMT 17.12.2015)
© Sputnik / Alexei DruzhininRussian President Vladimir Putin (right) and FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter
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Russian President Vladimir Putin called Joseph Blatter "very respected man" and said that Blatter should be given the Nobel Peace Prize.
17 December 2015, 11:40 GMT
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Suspended FIFA President Joseph Blatter deserves a Nobel Peace Prize for his contribution in the humanitarian sphere, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday.