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World Cup 'Putin Turf' Said To Be On Sale In Russia

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin initially accused FIFA of impropriety in awarding World Cups, but took a fresh tack after Russia won the 2018 event.
Reports circulating on the Russian Internet claim that turf with the image of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and the slogan "Get Ready for the 2018 WC" has gone on sale in a Russian supermarket.

Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the "Moskovsky komsomolets" newspaper that he was looking into the reports but that the Russian prime minister never authorized the use of his image.

The newspaper says the bags of seeds were probably put on sale immediately after Russia last week was awarded the rights to stage the 2018 World Cup -- a campaign spearheaded by Putin.

compiled from agency reports