ECHR rules not to revise its judgement on Beslan hostage taking caseWorld September 19, 19:18
Trump vows to 'totally destroy North Korea' if threatenedWorld September 19, 17:50
Russian top brass calls on US to not hamper Damascus’ fight against terrorismMilitary & Defense September 19, 17:49
Zapad-2017 exercise puts Russian army’s "nervous system" to testMilitary & Defense September 19, 17:33
Ukrainian conflict led to spike in hate speech, Russophobia — Council of EuropeWorld September 19, 17:00
Russian regions contribute scores of natural stones for memorial to Gulag victimsSociety & Culture September 19, 16:45
Warsaw police hunting vandals who desecrated Soviet military cemeteryWorld September 19, 16:39
Donbass truce first step towards lifting anti-Russian sanctions — German top diplomatWorld September 19, 16:36
Moscow court arrests man suspected of stabbing hiker to deathSociety & Culture September 19, 16:34
MOSCOW, June 25 (Itar-Tass) —— Sergei Fursenko has tendered resignation as president of the Russian Football Union which he headed since February 3, 2010.
In 2003 Fursenko was a member of the Board of Directors of Zenit St. Petersburg. In 2005, he became its chairman and later president. He held that position from 2006 to 2008.
One of his main, and most controversial, decisions made as president of the Russian Football Union was the transition to the “autumn-spring” system, which still raises many questions.
The resignation followed the poor performance of the Russian football team at Euro-2012.
“I have made the hard decision to step down as president of the Russian Football Union,” Fursenko said at a meeting with President Vladimir Putin on Monday morning, June 25, before his departure on a Middle East visit.
“Unfortunately, the Russian team has ended its participation in Euro-2012. It’s a pity because the team was very strong and Dick Advocaat did a good job. It was a misfire and our football fans who expected a different result are very much disappointed,” Fursenko said.
“I would like to apologise to the fans for this result,” he added.
Dick Advocaat is leaving as the chief coach of the Russian team.
“I hope that everything will fall in place,” Putin said and thanked Fursenko for his work.
“Football is developing in Russia quite rapidly. There are new talented players, the refereeing system has been overhauled, which is very important to avoid fixed games,” he said.
“You are also a member of the UEFA Executive Committee. Russia must not lose this place. I ask you to carry on this job,” the president said.