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MOSCOW, March 10. /TASS/. The decision to bar Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister, Russian Football Union President Vitaly Mutko from elections to the Council of the international football federation FIFA will do no harm to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
"As far as our stance and preparations for the World Cup finals are concerned, the committee’s decision has no bearing on that," Mutko told TASS.
On Friday it was announced that Mutko would not participate in FIFA Council elections, because he also holds the post of Russia’s deputy prime minister, which is against FIFA rules. Starting from 2009 Mutko was a member of the FIFA Executive Committee, which in 2016 was turned in to FIFA Council.
Mutko told TASS he wouldn’t file an appeal against the FIFA decision.
"I wanted to be re-elected but now the FIFA represented by its compliance committee has somewhat changed the criteria. A new criterion, political neutrality, has been introduced. They want the organization to be politically neutral and officials and representatives of authorities from various countries not to be elected to all their bodies. This is their right," Mutko said.
"There is no talk about an appeal. This is public work, everything is normal," Mutko said.
Eleven Russian cities will host 2018 World Cup matches on June 14 through July 15.