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Russian football officials' presentation gets applause at UEFA conference, says minister

January 23, 2016, 1:57 UTC+3 MOSCOW

"Everyone realizes full well we’re not a backwater nation either in politics or in sports", Mutko said

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Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko

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MOSCOW, January 22. /TASS/. The presentation the Russian Football Union officials did at the conference of UEFA member-associations invited the participants' applause, Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko, who is also President of the RFU told a news conference on Friday.

UEFA Executive Committee met in session on Thursday and Friday. Also on Friday, all the football associations having UEFA membership held a conference.

Gianni Infantino, the EUFA Secretary General whom the European associations nominated as their candidate for FIFA presidency, told on a news conference later he had secured support of all the associations and he gave especial thanks to Russia.

"I'll tell you frankly many people are turning to Russia these days because they want to know our position," Mutko said. "After our presentation at the conference of European representatives, they even applauded us."

"In spite of the bickering some European countries and America have subjected us to, Russia enjoys respect in the world," Mutko said. "Everyone realizes full well we’re not a backwater nation either in politics or in sports."

Election of the FIFA President has been scheduled for February 26. It will be held in Zurich.

Apart from Gianni Infantino, other candidates running for the association’s presidency are the Bahraini sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa, Jordanian Prince Ali bin Al Hussein, former South African housing construction minister and Nelson Mandela’s associate Tokyo Sexwale, an former FIFA Secretary General Jerome Champagne of France.

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