Mutko quits as head of 2018 World Cup organising committee

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Russian Deputy Prime Minister, Vitaly Mutko, on Wednesday, stepped down from his post as head of Russia’s World Cup Local Organising Committee, Russia’s RIA agency quoted him as saying.

Mutko was banned for life from the Olympics this month.

Alexei Sorokin, the committee’s chief executive, will take on Mutko’s responsibilities, another agency, TASS, cited Mutko as saying.

He (Sorokin) will interact with FIFA. I will coordinate the work on the government side,” Mutko told TASS.

Russia is hosting next year’s football World Cup in 11 cities, including Moscow, St Petersburg and Sochi.

But Mutko, a former sports minister, has been embroiled in a scandal concerning alleged doping at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said this month it was banning Russia from the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

This was after it found evidence of “unprecedented systematic manipulation” of doping procedures.

Mutko says there was no state-backed doping programme.

He said earlier this week that he was temporarily stepping down from his role as head of the country’s Football Union.

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