Published: Fri, December 29, 2017
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

Embattled Football Chief Mutko Steps Down to Fight Doping Ban

Embattled Football Chief Mutko Steps Down to Fight Doping Ban

The International Olympic Committee said this month it was banning Russian Federation from the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics after finding evidence of "unprecedented systematic manipulation" of doping procedures.

"Mutko for this responsible step and for the work carried out so far for the World Cup", the press service told the R-Sport news agency. Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov and Director General of the Russia-2018 organizational committee Alexey Sorokin presented reports on the preparation for the world championships, the final draw and the results of the FIFA Confederations Cup at the meeting. Mutko has denied all wrongdoing and said he would appeal the ban.

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The deputy prime minister was banned from the Olympics earlier this month over accusations that he was involved in a state-sponsored doping program.

Russian Federation opens the World Cup against Saudi Arabia on June 14 in Moscow where the final will be staged on July 15.

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The IOC didn't accuse Mutko of being personally involved in doping, but banned him from the Olympics for life, saying he and his ministry bore overall responsibility for "failure to respect" anti-doping rules. Mutko has been a key figure behind preparations for next year's World Cup in Russian Federation.

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