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Mutko quits role as Russian Football Union president

Vitaly Mutko, who was banned from the Olympics for life because of the country’s doping scandals, has resigned as president of the Russian Football Union.

Russian Premier League president Sergey Pryadkin will serve as RFU acting president until elections are held on February 22.

Mutko, the deputy prime minister, played a leading role in Russia’s bid to host the 2018 World Cup and was in charge of the country’s preparations for several years.

In 2017 Mutko was given a lifetime Olympic ban after a report commissioned by the International Olympic Committee concluded he had run a state-sponsored doping programme in Russian sport. He has appealed the IOC’s decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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