Banned by IOC, Vitaly Mutko resigns as Russia Football Union boss

first_imgRussian Football Union president Vitaly Mutko has stepped down from his post as president, just days after he was banned for life from the Olympics by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) over allegations that Russia created a “state-sponsored doping program.””I have decided to file the claim in the CAS tomorrow,” The Straits Times quoted Mutko as saying.According to local Russian media, Mutko announced the suspension from his post during Russia’s RFS football federation executive board meeting.However, the Russian deputy Prime Minister said that he will continue his duties in the government as well as preparing the World Cup which is being staged in Russia this summer.”Regarding the issues of relationship with Fifa and the organising committee, as long as the president (Vladimir Putin) trusts me, I continue to work as deputy premier and oversee the preparations for the world championships,” he said.The deputy prime minister had been banned from the Rio 2016 Games. This month he was banned for life from all Olympic Games after the International Olympic Committee said he was involved in a state-backed doping programme.(With ANI inputs)last_img