Former Fifa President Sepp Blatter/Photo: GEOFF ROBINS (AFP/File)

Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter said on Wednesday that he felt ‘abandoned’ by FIFA and that he should have stepped aside earlier.

Blatter, who is in Russia to attend the World Cup as a guest of President Vladimir Putin, made this known to Sky Sports.

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Blatter, who led soccer’s world governing body for 17 years, is serving a six-year ban for unethical conduct after FIFA was rocked by a global corruption scandal in 2015.

“I should have stopped after the 2014 World Cup which was a wonderful World Cup.

“I went for re-election again but I would have preferred to have had a better departure in 2014,” he said.

Blatter also added that England deserve to host the World Cup finals in 2030 and should mount a joint bid with Ireland.

“I think that England or Ireland deserve to organise the World Cup.

“They had it in 1966 so it’s a long time ago. (I was told that) it could be with Wales and Scotland together but I said why not Ireland altogether?

“With 48 teams you need more than one country to host it,” he added.