Russian president Vladimir Putin has laced up his size nines and careered into the Fifa farrago. Safe to say he’s not exactly enamoured by the actions of the USA. “It looks very strange, the arrests are carried out on the request of the USA side – it’s got nothing to do with the USA,” he told Russian state television. “It’s another clear attempt by the USA to spread its jurisdiction to other states. And I have no doubt – it’s a clear attempt not to allow Mr Blatter to be re-elected as president of FIFA.” There is speculation that USA wants to hijack the 2018 world cup that had been awarded to Russia.