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MOSCOW, October 14. /TASS/. Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko rejected on Wednesday earlier reports that Leonid Slutsky, the head coach of the Russian national football team, would be allegedly paid a bonus of one million euros ($1.14 million), in case Russia qualified for 2016 UEFA Euro Cup in France.
Several sources told TASS earlier, that the Russian Football Union (RFU) would allegedly pay Slutsky a bonus of one million euros if the head coach, who took over the national team in August, would manage to take the Russian football squad through its group qualifiers stage and to the 2016 Euro Cup.
"I am not even going to discuss it," Mutko, who is also the RFU president, told journalists after asked to comment on the alleged financial bonus for Slutsky. "It is all misinformation."
Two days ago at the qualifying 2016 Euro Cup home match, the Russian team defeated 2-0 the team from Montenegro and finished in the second place of its Group G qualifying for the prestigious tournament, held every four years to define the best European football team.
According to the current regulations, the two top-ranked European teams from each of the nine qualifying groups receive straight tickets for the 2016 UEFA Euro Cup in France, while the third-placed teams proceeded to play-offs.
The Russian national team qualifier’s defeat to Austria in mid-June placed in extreme jeopardy the country’s chances of travelling to France next year for the Euro Cup.
Russia was ranked in the 3rd place of its Group G with 8 points below 2nd ranked Sweden (12 points), while the Austrian team topped the rest of the five national teams in the group with 16 points.
Following the defeat to Austria the Russian national football team’s coaching staff saw a major overhaul. The previously Italian-dominated staff was dismissed along with former Head Coach Fabio Capello and Russia’s Leonid Slutsky was appointed in early August to take the helm of the team.
So far Slutsky, who is also the head coach of CSKA Moscow FC, led the national team to victories in all four international fixtures the squad played under his management.