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FIFA falling apart, needs early session of executive committee — Russia’s sports minister

October 08, 2015, 18:37 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Russia’s Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko also said he disapproved Blatter’s suspension

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MOSCOW, October 8. /TASS/. Russia’s Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Thursday he welcomed the idea of holding an early meeting of the FIFA Executive Committee.

"I am aware of the initiative of our colleagues, and I do not rule out that this may be done. There is such a need, because the organization is falling apart," said Mutko, a member of the FIFA Executive Committee.

The initiative was put forward by Wolfgang Niersbach, head of the German Football Federation, and David Gill, vice chairman of England’s Football Association, following the provisional suspension of FIFA President Sepp Blatter, UEFA chief Michel Platini and FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke.

Mutko also said he disapproved Blatter’s suspension.

"There should be presumption of innocence," the minister said. "This [the suspension] should have been done after the final decision was made."

The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) of Switzerland opened criminal proceedings against 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.

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