September 25, 2015 / 3:47 PM / 4 years ago

Blatter investigation won't affect Russia's World Cup plans: RIA cites minister

Russian Sports Minister and member of the FIFA executive committee Vitaly Mutko arrives in front of the FIFA headquarters before a meeting of the FIFA executive committee in Zurich, Switzerland September 24, 2015. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Swiss prosecutors opening a criminal investigation into Sepp Blatter, the head of world soccer body FIFA, will not affect plans to hold the World Cup in Russia in 2018, RIA news agency cited Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko as saying on Friday.

Mutko added that the investigation into Blatter was an expected move.

Reporting by Alexander Winning; editing by Vladimir Soldatkin

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