- Vitaly Mutko is no longer chairman of the committee organising 2018 World Cup
- Russia prime minister Dmitry Medvedev signed the document declaring his exit
- Russia’s deputy prime minister will be replaced as chairman by Alexey Sorokin
- He has been the subject of scrutiny ever since details of state-sponsored doping
Russia‘s deputy prime minister Vitaly Mutko has formally been removed as chairman of the committee organising this summer’s World Cup.
The document announcing his exit from the committee he has fronted since its creation in March 2011 – three months after the bid he led won the right to stage the 2018 tournament – was signed by Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev on December 30 and published on Thursday.
It has already been announced that Mutko will be replaced as chairman of Russia 2018’s organising committee by Alexey Sorokin.
Russian deputy prime minister Vitaly Mutko is removed as the 2018 World Cup boss
Sorokin will combine the role with his existing position as chief executive. He has also taken the senior positions Mutko once held at FIFA and UEFA.
Mutko, who has also temporarily stood down as president of the Russian Football Union, has been the subject of considerable scrutiny ever since the details of Russia’s state-sponsored doping programme started to emerge in late 2014.
As Russia’s minister of sport between 2008 and 2016, the 59-year-old has been accused of directing the conspiracy to dope more than 1,000 athletes in over 30 sports.
Last month the International Olympic Committee banned him from the Games for life.
A close political ally of Russian president Vladimir Putin, Mutko has denied any wrongdoing and said he will continue to help Russia prepare for the World Cup from within government.
He’s been subject of scrutiny since the details of Russia’s state-sponsored doping emerged
Mutko (left) shared a Kremlin stage with FIFA president Gianni Infantino at the World Cup draw
The tournament starts when the hosts meet Saudi Arabia on June 14.
The organising committee has also already said that the change at the top will not have a negative impact on the event.
His removal comes only four weeks after he shared a Kremlin stage with FIFA president Gianni Infantino at the World Cup draw.
Author: Nancy Parker
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