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Russian Football Union dismisses organization’s head

May 31, 2015, 16:55 UTC+3 MOSCOW
RFU First Vice-President Nikita Simonyan has become the organization’s acting head. The elections of the RFU’s new head will be held in the next three months
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MOSCOW, May 31. /TASS/. Delegates to a conference of the Russian Football Union (RFU) voted on Sunday to terminate early the powers of the organization’s head, Nikolai Tolstykh.

The decision was supported by 235 out of 449 delegates and gained the required minimum of more than a half of the votes.

A decision to include the dismissal of RFU President Tolstykh into the conference’s agenda was taken by the RFU Executive Committee on April 29. The decision was prompted by the unsatisfactory financial position of Russia’s Football Union, which had accumulated debts of 1.4 billion rubles ($27 million).

RFU First Vice-President Nikita Simonyan has become the organization’s acting head. The elections of the RFU’s new head will be held in the next three months.

Tolstykh was elected as the RFU head in September 2012 for a four-year term.

Tolstykh who spoke at the conference before the vote said he had no illusions about his future.

"I’m not building any illusions. I know that not only the football community could be used for preparing the conference. I’ll struggle not for my office but for my reputation. I’ll struggle with all legitimate means," he said.

"I’m ready to accept any decision. I’ll accept it absolutely calmly," Tolstykh said.

"I understand how the voting can take place and which phone calls you [the conference participants] are receiving," he said.

Russia’s Football Union chief said he had been discharging his duties "honestly.".

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