Russia is hosting the 2018 World Cup, so naturally Vladimir Putin is the most pro-Sepp Blatter guy around at the moment. But surely he must be trolling with this comment he gave to Swiss broadcasters RTS:
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We all know the situation developing around Mr Blatter right now. I don’t want to go into details but I don’t believe a word about him being involved in corruption personally. I think people like Mr Blatter or the heads of big international sporting federations, or the Olympic Games, deserve special recognition. If there is anyone who deserves the Nobel Prize, it’s those people.
I don’t think you can troll any better than that because it’s such an outrageous thing to say but he said it like he completely believed it. The only other way to explain it is that Putin doesn’t actually know what a Nobel Prize is. Too busy riding around in giant warships to even care. Pretty sure Blatter, with his track record, is one of the people least deserving of one.
Maybe give it to Kim Jong-un instead? He has cured cancer, AIDS and Ebola this year after all.