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Spartak club owner says Russian sport minister should return to football

October 26, 2014, 18:05 UTC+3
Leonid Fedun said Russia's football system needs complete overhaul
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Vitaly Mutko (left) and Leonid Fedun

Vitaly Mutko (left) and Leonid Fedun

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MOSCOW, October 26. /TASS/.Russian Minister of Sport Vitaly Mutko, who once headed the Football Union of Russia, should return to football, Leonid Fedun, the chairman of the board of directors of the Moscow-based Spartak club, said on Sunday.

“Mutko, who ensured success to the Olympic Games in Sochi, should get back to football,” Fedun said, commenting on the Union’s financial problems.

The current President of the Football Union of Russia is Nikolai Tolstykh. He was elected to the post in September 2012 for a term of four years.

The executive body of the Football Union of Russia will have a meeting on October 30 to discuss financial problems facing the Union. Earlier, media reports said the meeting might vote no-confidence to Tolstykh.

“Impeachment is impossible,” Fedun said. “The problem is not with Tolstykh, it is in the entire football system. It needs a complete overhaul. There is no financial blockade of the Football Union of Russia. It is simply incapable to work with sponsors. Thus, the second league needs reforms.”

Mutko was President in 2005-2009. In May 2008, he was appointed Minister of Sport, Tourism and Youth Policy and since May 2012, he has been Russian Minister of Sport.

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