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Mutko steps down as president of Russian Football Union

FILE In this file photo taken on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, Vitaly Mutko, Russian Federation Deputy Prime Minister & Russia 2018 WCup Local Organising Co...

FILE In this file photo taken on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, Vitaly Mutko, Russian Federation Deputy Prime Minister & Russia 2018 WCup Local Organising Co...

MOSCOW (AP) — Vitaly Mutko, a Russian government official who has been dogged by allegations of involvement in doping, has temporarily stepped down as president of the Russian Football Union.

It's a move apparently intended to deflect international criticism as Russia prepares to host the 2018 World Cup.

Russian news agencies reported Monday that Mutko suspended his activities as president for half-a-year, and Alexander Alayev has been named to succeed him. Mutko retains the job of deputy prime minister overseeing sports.

Investigations by the World Anti-Doping Agency and the International Olympic Committee alleged that Mutko was involved in a sophisticated state-sponsored doping program during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Mutko, who served as Russia's sports minister during the Games, has strongly denied all doping allegations.


Updated : 2021-06-12 23:15 GMT+08:00