Vitaly Mutko bowed to mounting pressure and stepped down as
FIFA Coins chairman of the 2018 World Cup organizing committee on Wednesday after being dogged by investigations that highlighted his role in a state-backed doping program.Alexei Sorokin, the chief executive of the committee, will also assume the chairmanship vacated by Mutko.
Sorokin also took Mutko’s spot on the FIFA Council this year after he was blocked from seeking re-election due to his promotion to Russian deputy prime minister.The high-ranking government position ensures Mutko will still retain involvement in logistical planning for the
World Cup in June and July. FILE In this file photo taken on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, Vitaly Mutko, Russian Federation Deputy Prime Minister & Russia 2018 WCup Local Organising Committee Chairman, speaks with press during the opening of the WCup Fan ID distribution center in Moscow, Russia.Vitaly Mutko, a Russian government official who has been dogged by allegations of involvement in doping, has temporarily stepped down as president of the Russian Football Union, a move apparently intended to deflect international criticism as
Russia prepares to host the 2018 World Cup. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, File)”Mutko will continue to oversee the preparations of the regions as well as Buy FUT Coins coordinate the construction of the necessary infrastructure,” the organizing committee said in a statement that expressed “great regret” over his departure.