Banned former Federation Internationale de Football Association president Sepp Blatter to attend World Cup in Russia

Annette Crawford
June 13, 2018

The 42-year-old, who officiated during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, will be in charge for the Group A match at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.

The tournament, which is taking place in 11 cities at 12 venues, will run from Thursday until July 15.

Argentina's Nestor Pitana has been assigned as the referee for the Opening Match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ between Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia on Thursday 12 June at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

Take a look below at all of the venues that will host World Cup matches across Russian Federation over the next month.

World Cup Organizers announced on June 11 that British singer Robbie Williams will perform at the World Cup opening ceremony on Thursday.

Federation Internationale de Football Association did not comment on whether the song would form part of Williams' performance, saying the set list would be kept as a "surprise".

"I'm so happy and excited to be going back to Russian Federation for such a unique performance".

Find out more about the world's largest football competition fixture and schedules here.

Joachim Low's defending champions are expected to be the first side to retain the World Cup since Brazil in 1962 by 38 percent of players.

Fox Sports has the exclusive broadcasting rights to this year's World Cup, meaning you can catch the matches on Fox, Fox Sports 1, and via the Fox Sports GO app.

Wearing a bright yellow two-piece suit and carrying a World Cup trophy, Mohamed spent Tuesday visiting close to two dozen businesses in Edmonton to offer up metres and metres of national flag-emblazoned bunting and sharing his love of the sport.

Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News.

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