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Russian football chief Mutko hints on running in next RFU president election

March 04, 18:15 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Vitaly Mutko was unanimously elected the Russian Football Union president at the organization’s extraordinary session on September 2 last year
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Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko

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MOSCOW, March 4. /TASS/. Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko, who is also holding the post of the Russian Football Union (RFU), said on Friday it was possible that he would run in the next election for the head of Russia’s governing body of football.

"It is possible that I will be running for re-election in September considering our preparations for the [2018 FIFA] World Cup," Mutko said.

Mutko was unanimously elected the RFU president at the organization’s extraordinary session on September 2 last year.

Mutko headed the RFU from April 2005 to November 2009. He left the post of the organization’s president, following a government resolution, which required that government officials should quit top positions in sports federations.

In July 2015, an exception was made for Mutko to combine the posts of the sports minister and the RFU’s head, which allowed him to take part in the presidential elections.

After Mutko quit the RFU in November 2009, the Russian Football Union was headed by Sergei Fursenko from February 2010 to June 2012 and Nikolai Tolstykh from September 2012 to May 2015.

Tolstykh was relieved of his duties by a decision made by delegates of the organization’s conference in May 2015 over the deplorable financial state of the RFU.

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