Argentine Ref To Officiate World Cup Opening Game

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Sepp Blatter, the disgraced former president of Federation Internationale de Football Association whose dramatic fall from power corresponded with revelations of widespread corruption among the organisation's top officials, will attend the World Cup in Russia as a personal guest of President Vladimir Putin.

The Ceremony will focus on musical acts and take place just 30 minutes before kick-off scheduled for 6pm local time.

"I will be in Moscow first and it will be very nice", he said.

Read on for a look at what to know ahead of the opening ceremony.

"Robbie Williams and Aida Garifullina are extremely popular artists, and they will undoubtedly entertain and warm up the crowd before the hosts take to the pitch to play Saudi Arabia on June 14".

"I'm so happy and excited to be going back to Russian Federation for such a unique performance", said Williams.

The Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) have appointed Argentine referee Nestor Pitana to officiate the opening game of this year's FIFA World Cup between hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia on Thursday in Moscow.

The Portuguese believes Gareth Southgate's men would prevail in that clash - but would see their World Cup dreams dashed in the next round against five-time winners Brazil.

Fox Sports has the exclusive broadcasting rights to this year's World Cup, meaning you can catch the matches on Fox, Fox Sports 1, FoxSports.com and via the Fox Sports GO app.

The 82-year-old's attendance at the World Cup could put him in close proximity to his successor, Gianni Infantino, who has sought to draw a line under past scandals.

Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News.

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