MOSCOW, May 21. /TASS/. Leonid Fedun, the chairman of the board of directors of Russia’s Spartak Moscow football club, announced plans on Thursday to resign from his post, according to the club’s official website.
"I sincerely and with all my heart stand with Spartak, but I realize that it is high time to hand over my duties to professionals," Fedun, the owner of the football club, was quoted as saying in his statement. "Perhaps, they will be more successful and competent in guiding the club to new titles."
Spartak Moscow FC is currently ranked 6th in the Russian football championship following 28 games of the current season.
Fedun, 59, is also a vice president of Russian oil major LUKoil and he owned Spartak Moscow FC since 2003. The club under his management won five times silver medals of the Russian championships.
He was also the driving force behind the construction of the Otkritie-Arena football stadium for Spartak Moscow in the Russian capital and the facility will be also the venue for 2018 FIFA World Cup matches.
Legendary Spartak FC, which throughout its almost one century-long history was 12-time USSR champion, nine-time Russia champion and holder of other numerous titles and trophies, had until recently no stadium of its own where to play home matches.
The club used to play most of its home matches at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium, another one of the 12 stadiums in 11 Russian cities selected to host the 2018 World Cup matches.
The construction of the Otkritie-Arena began in 2010 with an estimated cost of 14.5 billion rubles (over $402 million). The 42,000-seat stadium occupies an area of 53,758 square meters (13.2 acres) and is almost 53 meters (174 feet) high.
The official opening of the Otkritie-Arena in the northwest of the Russian capital was held on September 5, when Spartak FC played its inaugural home match against Serbian FC Crvena Zvezda. The first match of the international level was played at the Okritie-Arena on October 12, when Russia played against Moldova in a qualifier for the UEFA Euro Cup 2016 in France.