«I'm using this opportunity today, I appealed to the executive committee due to short-term inability to fulfill my duties for the period of my trials. In order for the Russian Football Union (RFU) to work smoothly, I asked to suspend my duties for a short-term of up to six months, if it happens earlier, let it be so. I'm not resigning, my mandate will be in effect until 2020.» *JUMPCUT AT... Еще SOURCE* *JUMPCUT AT SOURCE* *JUMPCUT AT SOURCE* Deputy Prime Minister Vitalii Mutko announced that he was suspending his activities as the President of the Russian Football Union [RFU] at the meeting of the executive board of the Union, in Moscow on Monday. Alexander Alaev, who serves as the Chief Executive/General Secretary of the Russian Football Union will act as President of the RFU in his place. According to Mutko, «In order for the RFU to work smoothly, I asked to suspend my duties for a short-term of up to six months,» adding that «I'm not resigning, my mandate will be in effect until 2020.» In October of 2016, Mutko was appointed Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation for Sport, Tourism and Youth Policy. He has served as the President of the Russian Football Union since 2015. Mutko is now also serving as the Head of the organising committee of the World Cup Russia-2018. Earlier, the Deputy Prime Minister and former sports minister received a lifetime Olympic ban from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for his role in alleged state-sponsored doping in Russia.