Putin and Blatter accuse EU of imperialism

January 15, 2006
MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin and FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Sunday accused the European Union of "imperial" aggression in soccer.

"As a FIFA chief I have a big problem. The EU tries to have too much influence on how football is run in EU countries and they are trying to extend that influence to the rest of Europe," Russian news agency Itar-Tass quoted Blatter as saying during his visit to the Kremlin.

Last month, the European Commission, prompted by British sports ...

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