Earlier, UFC star Conor McGregor posted a picture of himself alongside Putin with the caption: “Today I was invited to the World Cup final as a guest of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“This man is one of the greatest leaders of our time and I was honored to attend such a landmark event alongside him.

“Today was an honor for me Mr. Putin. Thank you and congratulations on an amazing World Cup.”

The final, which France won 4-2, was briefly interrupted when three intruders affiliated to anti-Kremlin punk band Pussy Riot ran onto the pitch before being hauled off by stewards.

The pitch invaders, who were dressed in police-style outfits, were later detained by police.

Three of Pussy Riot’s original members were jailed in 2012 for staging a protest against Putin in a church and the group have since become a symbol of anti-Kremlin direct action.