Russia: Mutko steps down as head of 2018 World Cup organising committee

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitali Mutko resigned from his role as chairman of the 2018 World Cup organising committee, after a meeting with the body in Moscow on Wednesday. He had also announced the suspension of his role as the head of the Russian Football Union on December 25. Mutko announced that FIFA Council member Alexei Sorokin will take over his role as chairman and said that... Еще preparations for the World Cup are going well. The deputy prime minister also discussed the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) ban on Russia competing at the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang. «You see that the international community controls us during [these] two years. We are standing openly, we are naked around them. They are taking from 3,000 to 5,000 [doping] tests, and only 11 violations are found,» he said.

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