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FIFA should elect new management as soon as possible — Sports Minister

October 09, 2015, 18:47 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Blatter, Platini and FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke were provisionally suspended for 90 days by the FIFA ethics committee
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Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko

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MOSCOW, October 9. /TASS/. The International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) should elect its new heads as soon as possible, Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko told TASS on Friday.

"I think the sooner we hold the [FIFA] congress, the sooner the organization will restore its controllability," said Mutko, a member of the FIFA Executive Committee. "Otherwise, it [FIFA] will be in limbo for a while. We do not know when the investigations will be completed as new circumstances may emerge." -

"Only the executive committee can make a decision on postponing the elections," Mutko said commenting on media reports that the election of new FIFA president set for February 26 could be delayed following the suspensions given to FIFA and UEFA presidents Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini.

Blatter, Platini and FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke were 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 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.

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