The former footballer and head coach of the national football team of Argentina Diego Maradona reveals the experience of communication with the President of Russia Vladimir Putin. Ole.com reported this.
‘I communicated with Putin and then he called me back. He wants me to help with 2018 World Cup. I am the fan of Putin and I would be happy to help. Everything is possible. There was such talk two months ago but it is very important to talk with the president personally’, Maradona said.
56-years old Maradona fills the position of the head coach of the Al Fujairah, UAE since May 8.
Maradona as the footballer won the 1986 World Cup in the Argentina national team. According to the poll of the FIFA in 2001, Maradona and Pele recognized the best footballers of all time.
Earlier it was reported, that 43% of the football fans in the world stood against the conduction of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The World Cup will take place from June 14 until July 15, 2018. The tournament matches are planned to take place in Moscow, Kaliningrad, St. Petersburg, Volgograd, Kazan, Nizhniy Novgorod, Samara, Saransk, Rostov-on-Don, Sochi and Yekaterinburg.
The FIFA eliminates the possibility of the Russian World Cup boycott due to the military aggression towards Ukraine, justifying this with the firm position of the unmixing of the sport and the policy.
However, the FIFA got in the embarrassing situation. It approved the 2018 World Cup presentation video with Crimea included in it and claimed to be a part of Russia. Soon the video was deleted and FIFA officially apologized to Ukraine for the incident.
The issue of the holding of 2018 World Cup was raised after the mass confrontations that were organized by the Russian fans at the Euro-2016 in France.