Vice-Premier of the Russian Federation Vitaly Mutko

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MOSCOW, December 25. /TASS/. The international football Federation (FIFA) thanked Vitaly Mutko, has suspended activity on a post of the President of the Russian football Union (RFU), which was made in the interests of preparation for the 2018 world Cup in Russia. This is stated in the FIFA statement, provided by TASS in the press service of the organization.

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On Monday, Vice-Premier of the Russian Federation Vitaly Mutko announced at the meeting of the Executive Committee of the RFU on the suspension of activities at the post of the President of the organization, acting head of the organization was Alexander Alaev .

“FIFA understands the decision Mutko, which was also made in the interests of the 2018 world Cup in Russia. FIFA Mutko thanked for such a responsible step and done this moment the work on preparation for the world championship,” – said in a statement.

Mutko also said that he is ready to leave the post of Chairman of the organizing Committee of football world Cup “Russia-2018”. “The decision Mutko will not affect the successful organization of the world Cup, while FIFA, the Russian government, Russian football Union and the organizing Committee continue the fruitful cooperation in preparing for the tournament according to plan. In the coming days FIFA will discuss with all involved parties and agree on next steps related to the organizing Committee,” the statement said.