"We have good contacts with Mr Infantino".
His appearance at the World Cup in Russian Federation is potentially embarrassing for FIFA and its new head, Gianni Infantino, who has promised to draw a line under FIFA's corruption problems and clean up the organization.
Despite being banned from all football-related activity for another three and a half years, there Blatter was watching Ronaldo light up the Luzhniki Stadium with his fourth goal of the tournament.
He claimed he has spoken to several senior figures in the game on the phone and they have welcomed him to the World Cup and said it was a "lost opportunity" on FIFA's part not to make "a little effort" on his behalf.
"I think it is a respectful activity and I was happy to meet him (Putin) in the Kremlin", he said.
Blatter praised his successor, adding Infantino "should not be bothered" by his presence in Russian Federation. Putin owed his old buddy one for so feverishly steering support among Fifa's congress for Russia's World Cup bid.
Blatter, however, suggested Federation Internationale de Football Association was not troubled by his five-day visit - his first public appearance outside Switzerland since a July 2015 trip to St. Petersburg for the World Cup qualifying draw.
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For their part, the sport's governing body, the International Cricket Council, reserved the right to take punitive action. The hearing will be attended by the match officials as well as members of the Sri Lanka team management.
"I have a very special relationship with Gianni Infantino", he said, " it means we don't speak!"
"There have been no concrete agreements or understandings, and no specific discussions are being conducted now", the spokesman said at the time.
"Today's game brings to 1 million the number of fans who have already attended World Cup matches".
Blatter has had health scares since leaving office and clearly thrived on the attention from worldwide media and fans in Moscow.
Staying in a five-star hotel in central Moscow, Blatter was greeted warmly after his media interviews in the reception area by former Netherlands worldwide Clarence Seedorf.
The Kremlin confirmed the meeting, but said it was a private matter and declined to provide details.