Vladimir Putin has defended suspended Fifa president Sepp Blatter, saying the Swiss should win the Nobel Peace Prize.
The Russian president was speaking at press conference in Moscow where he discussed a wide range of topics including the future of Blatter.
A Fifa ethics committee will sit on Thursday to decide the fate of Blatter, who is suspended due to bribery allegations.
"He [Sepp Blatter] is a very reputable person who has contributed greatly to the development of modern football. His contribution to the global humanitarian field is enormous," Putin said.
"He has always tried to use football, not just for sport, but as a tool for fostering cooperation between people."He has done a lot to develop world football. We should give him the Nobel peace prize."
Russia are set to host the World Cup in 2018 after controversially winning the vote in 2010.
There have been called for the country to be stripped of the tournament but nothing has changed despite various Fifa officials being suspended in recent times.