Ahead Of 2018 World Cup, Vitaly Mutko Quits As Russian Football Union President

| December 27 , 2017 , 18:53 IST

After being banned for life from Olympics due to doping allegations earlier this month, the deputy Russian Prime Minister Vitaly Mutk has temporarily stepped down as president of the Russian Football Union.

The act is supposed to save the Russian team from criticism during the 2018 World Cup that the nation is hosting. Replacing Mutko, Alexander Alayev would serve as the acting head of the Country's Football Union.

Mutako confirmed, " For the period of the proceedings I will suspend my work at the Russian Football Union for six months."

Retaining his position as the deputy PM of Russia, Mutko would oversee the sport. The international Football federation FIFA has appreciated his responsible step in consideration of the World Cup next summer.

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FIFA ascertained that Mutko's resignation "will have no impact on the successful staging of the World Cup next summer, as Fifa, the Russian government, RFU [Russian Football Union] and the LOC continue their fruitful cooperation on the preparations for the World Cup according to plan."

Mutko served as Russia's sports minister during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. The World Anti-Doping Agency and the International Olympic Committee has alleged him of being involved in the state-sponsored doping program during the games.

IOC has not accused the Deputy Russian PM of direct involvement in doping exercise but has alleged him of failing to respect the anti-doping rules. Mutko was also barred from contesting for FIFA's ruling council re-election, which he sat on till March.