Blatter reveals 2018 World Cup logo

2014-10-29 13:11

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Moscow – Fifa President Sepp Blatter has revealed the logo for the 2018 World Cup in Russia – with the help of a crew of cosmonauts.

The logo depicts the World Cup trophy in red and blue, colours from the Russian flag, with gold trim.

Unveiling the logo on a Russian state TV talk show, Blatter said the logo would show Russia’s “heart and spirit”. It was then presented over video link by a crew of three Russian cosmonauts on the International Space Station.

“Seeing the football World Cup in our country was a dream for all of us,” said cosmonaut Elena Serova.

Simultaneously with the logo’s appearance on TV, it was beamed onto Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre as part of a light show.

Later, Blatter said Fifa categorically backs Russia’s staging of the 2018 World Cup and praised its preparations.

“Fifa unconditionally supports the staging of the World Cup by Russia,” he told the R-Sport news agency in comments translated into Russian.

Diplomatic sources said last month that European nations were discussing a British-backed plan to boycott President Vladimir Putin’s showpiece staging of the World Cup because of the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

“A boycott will never give any positive effect,” said Blatter, adding: “We trust the country, its government.”

“Russia is the world’s biggest country. You know, Russia is in the eye of the international media. Football can not only unite Russia but show the whole world that it is stronger that any protest movement,” said Blatter.

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