ULRICHEN, Switzerland — FIFA President Sepp Blatter expects a reply within days from Russia, the 2018 World Cup host, clarifying its law prohibiting gay “propaganda.”
Blatter told The Associated Press on Sunday that he asked “by letter and by personal contacts” up to Russian President Vladimir Putin for details about legislation that has provoked an international outcry leading to the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
“The office of Mr. Putin has promised to me that they will send all these documents in the first days of September,” Blatter said. “And I have also asked the Swiss embassy to look and to help us to obtain the correct versions of that.”
Soccer’s governing body joined the IOC in asking Russia how the law would apply during their events, and if athletes and fans face discrimination.
“For the time being we have received only protests and demands from our football, sports or Olympics people. I have received nothing officially from the Russians,” said Blatter, who is also an International Olympic Committee member.
He also offered to help the IOC deal with Russian authorities, and support the Olympic body’s new president who will be elected in a Sept. 10 vote that Blatter will attend in Buenos Aires, Argentina.