After the epic match between Croatia and France on 15th July, where France won defeating Croatia, a number of fans were heartbroken and left teary-eyed on the grounds that their most loved team did not win. Be that as it may, in what resembles an incredible reprieve and measure to perk up every one of the fans, President Vladimir Putin said foreign visitors holding 'fan ID' cards for the World Cup could have visa-free entry to Russia for the rest of 2018. Wow, now isn’t that a good news for all the fans?
The fan IDs which allowed ticket-holders to enter Russia amid the World Cup had at first been expected to terminate on 25th July.
Putin said, "Foreign supporters who currently have fan IDs will be able to benefit from multiple entries into the Russian Federation without a visa until the end of the year."
In spite of the high political strain amongst Moscow and the West, world football authorities and identities, and in addition world pioneers, lined up to praise Russia's hosting of the tournament.
Russian pioneers delighted in Sunday night's sensational match after French players lifted the trophy. The game was also seen by Putin, French President Emmanuel Macron and Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic. Putin said he had praised both the leaders.
The Russian President said, “A score of 4-2 in a final - I can't remember seeing a score like that and few people could.”
"Both teams were magnificent... I am sure everyone liked the way they played, and so did I."
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev also took to his Instagram account and wrote, "A marvellous final! France are champions. Russia has organised the best World Cup."
The Russian foreign ministry congratulated the winning team of France for its victory and tweeted, "Congratulations to the @FrenchTeam for their second title and thank you for this feast of football!"
Putin also said Russia was proud of its hosting of the football World Cup, judging it a success "in every respect" after Sunday's final. Lastly, Putin also thanked all the fans who visited Russia for the game.