World Cup 2018: Vitaly Mutko leaves role as chief organiser


Vitaly Mutko temporarily stood down as Russian Football Union president on Monday

Vitaly Mutko has stepped down from his role as chief organiser for next summer’s World Cup in Russia, according to reports in the country’s media.

It comes two days after he temporarily left his post as Russian Football Union (RFU) president.

Russia’s deputy prime minister was banned from the Olympics for life having been accused of running a huge “state-directed” doping programme.

Mutko stood down from his RFU position on Monday while he contests the ban.

And he has now left his World Cup role to “concentrate on government work”.

Mutko said Alexei Sorokin will instead chair the World Cup 2018 organising committee.

“There is still a lot of work, but I am absolutely sure that everything will be ready on time,” he told R Sports.