Banned by IOC, Vitaly Mutko resigns as Russia Football Union boss

Rodiano Bonacci
Dicembre 26, 2017

Mr Mutko said he wanted to have his duties as president of the Russian Football Union suspended as he was planning to contest his ban from the Olympics at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

One of the main events of Monday was the decision of the Vice-Premier of the Russian Federation Vitaly Mutko for some time to retire and leave the post of head of the Russian football Union.

The organization also announced that the decision would not affect the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

"I have made a decision to file the claim in the CAS tomorrow [Tuesday]", he told reporters.

Mutko says he wants to step aside temporarily in order to clear his name after he was accused of running a state-sponsored doping programme.

Mr Mutko retains the job of deputy prime minister overseeing sports. Mutko, who served as Russia's sports minister during the Games, has strongly denied all doping allegations.

Mutko, who is Russia's deputy prime minister, was banned by the International Olympic Committee this month after the release of the Schmid Report, commissioned by the International Olympic Committee, confirmed allegations of widespread manipulation of anti-doping procedures during his tenure as Russian sports minister, chiefly at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

The former Russian sports minister was handed a lifetime ban from involvement in future Olympic Games by the IOC this month.

Mutko's future at the RFU was set to be decided at a meeting of its executive committee on Boxing Day, but he has chose to step down temporarily. "Nowadays everyone is trying to make some kind of axis of evil out of us, just because we're a great sporting power".

Mutko sat on FIFA's decision-making Council, previously known as the executive committee, from 2009 until earlier this year when he was barred from standing for re-election. He was replaced by his long-time associate and fellow World Cup organiser Alexei Sorokin.

Mutko's decision, which was also taken in the interests of the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

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