Football World Cup 2018 News
He did so two days after announcing that he was provisionally resigning as president of the Russian Football Union (UFR). He will be replaced by Alexéi Sorokin.
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitali Mutko announced on Wednesday that he left the organizing committee of the 2018 World Cup two days after provisionally resigning as president of the Russian Football Union (UFR). “Alexéi Sorokin will be the chairman of the organizing committee ‘Russia 2018. I will focus on my work in the government,” Mutkó said in a statement.
He assured that Sorokin, the face of the organizing committee in the world, will also be in charge of representing Russia before FIFA. “There is still a lot of work to be done, but I am absolutely convinced that everything will be ready within the deadlines and on May 30 we will deliver all the documents to FIFA,” he said.
In this regard, the organizing committee issued a note in which it reported that Mutkó’s decision will not “in any way” influence the progress of World Cup preparations. He added that Mutkó will continue to coordinate both the preparations of the regions involved in the World Cup and the implementation of the necessary infrastructure from his position in the Executive.
On Monday Mutkó also announced that he was leaving the position of head of the UFR for a period of six months to appeal to the Court of Arbitration (TAS) the decision of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to exclude him for life from the Games for the allegations of doping of State. Precisely, Mutko today filed the appeal before the CAS, decision that has not been seconded by the president of the Russian Olympic Committee, Alexander Zhukov.
In addition to compelling Russian athletes to compete individually at the Pyeong Chang Winter Games, on December 5 the IOC indefinitely removed Mutkó from the Olympic Games.
Mutkó is considered by the Western press the main responsible for the plot of concealment of positives in the Winter Olympic Games of Sochi 2014.
Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin had already relieved him in October 2016 as Minister of Sports after the Russian sports doping scandal that left out all the athletics team of the Rio Games and excluded the entire Paralympic team.
A collaborator of Putin for a quarter of a century and former president of the Zenit of St. Petersburg, Mutko was mentioned in the newspaper of the main complainant of the AMA, Grigory Rodchenkov, former director of the anti-doping laboratory in Moscow.