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Russia’s Professional Football League nominates Mutko for post of national football chief

August 09, 15:05 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The elections for the post of the RFU president are scheduled to be held on September 24
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Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko

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MOSCOW, August 9. /TASS/. The Council of the Russia’s Professional Football League unanimously voted on Tuesday to put forward the candidacy of Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko for the post of the president of the Russian Football Union (RFU), the league’s press service told TASS.

The elections for the post of the RFU president are scheduled to be held on September 24.

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

Mutko used to head the RFU between April 2005 and 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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