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MOSCOW, September 28. /TASS/. Salaries intended for Russian football referees have not been paid out for the period of between two and four months, Vitaly Mutko, the Russian minister of sports and the president of the Russian Football Union (RFU), said on Monday.
"There are some issues to be dealt with in the sphere of [football] refereeing in Russia - the salaries were not paid out for periods of two to four months," Mutko told journalists. "There is no money for standard trainings [of referees] and it all has an eventual impact."
"Everything must be revived at the moment," Mutko said. "Having watched a couple of recent tournament matches it became obvious that a particular respect to a referee must be revived."
Russia is currently in full-swing preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The country won the bid to host the global football championship over four years ago in a tight race against the joint bid from England, Portugal and Spain and the joint bid on behalf of Belgium and the Netherlands.
Russia selected 11 host cities to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup and they are Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.
The matches of the 2018 World Cup will be held between June 14 and July 15 at 12 stadiums located in the 11 mentioned above cities across Russia. Two of the stadiums are located in the Russian capital.