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MOSCOW, October 8. /TASS/. The provisional suspension of FIFA President Sepp Blatter, UEFA chief Michel Platini and FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke will not affect the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko told TASS on Thursday.
"There are no problems with the World Cup," Mutko said adding that Blatter would be replaced by FIFA Vice President Issa Hayatou for the period of the 90-day ban.
"As for the elections of the FIFA president, this is a new turn, of course. I think we should discuss the situation here, in Europe. That’s all I can say for the moment," he added.
Blatter, Platini and Valcke have been provisionally suspended for 90 days by the FIFA ethics committee.
The committee said the ban could be extended but by no more than 45 days.
"The grounds for these decisions are the investigations that are being carried out by the investigatory chamber of the ethics committee," the committee said in a statement.
The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) of Switzerland opened criminal proceedings against FIFA President Joseph Blatter in late September "on suspicion of criminal mismanagement as well as - alternatively - on suspicion of misappropriation."
Blatter is suspected of a disloyal payment of 2 million Swiss francs to Platini in February 2011, the OAG said.