ATHENS, September 15. /TASS/. UEFA’s newly-elected President Alexander Ceferin will chair a commission with the FIFA in charge of Russia’s preparations and organization of the 2018 World Cup, Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko told TASS on Thursday.
"We have already held talks with him and, of course, invited him to pay a visit to Russia," Mutko, who is also the president of the Russian Football Federation (RFU), said in an interview with TASS.
Slovenia’s Ceferin, 48, was elected on Wednesday the new president of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA).He won the election at an extraordinary UEFA congress in Athens having received 42 votes, while his only rival, UEFA vice president Michael van Praag, secured 13 votes.
"Do not forget that at the next FIFA Council’s session he (Ceferin) must be approved in the post of the FIFA vice president and traditionally take helm of the committee in charge of organizing and hosting the World Championship in Russia," Mutko said.
The Slovenian football official succeeds Frenchman Michel Platini, who resigned earlier in the year after being suspended from all football related activities for four years. The new UEFA president was elected for the term of two and a half years until the next regular congress of the European governing body of football.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup will be held between June 14 and July 15 in 11 Russian cities, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Yekaterinburg, Samara, Sochi and Rostov-on-Don.