Russian Football Union to announce list of presidential candidates in mid-January

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MOSCOW, December 27. /TASS/. A list of candidates running for the post of the Russian Football Union’s (RFU) president will be made public between January 14 and 16, a spokesman for the RFU told TASS on Thursday.

“Members of the Russian Football Union are submitting nominations for the seat of the organization’s president at sessions of their local executive boards,” the spokesman said.

“We would like to state once again that that every candidate must submit a set of required documents with the RFU Election Committee by January 13 including,” the spokesman said. “Therefore, the processed information will be published by the Election Committee between January 14 and 16.”

According to reports earlier in the day, the football federations of Bashkortostan, the Perm Region, Tatarstan, Mordovia and the Tomsk Region have nominated Alexander Dyukov as their candidate for the post of the RFU president. Dyukov is currently the chairman of the Board of Directors of Zenit St. Petersburg football club.

Igor Lebedev, a member of the RFU Executive Board, said in an interview with TASS, that Dyukov was the most possible candidate to become the president of Russia’s governing body of football.

“He is the most optimal candidacy against the background of other candidates, since the RFU needs financing and we all know well who Dyukov is,” Lebedev said. “We understand that additional financing for organization’s programs would emerge with his arrival.”

A week ago, Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko announced at the RFU Executive Committee’s session in Moscow his decision to resign as the RFU president. Sergei Pryadkin, the president of the Russian Premier League, was appointed the acting RFU president until the Union’s presidential election on February 22.

Mutko took charge of the RFU in September 2015 after the resignation of the previous president, Nikolai Tolstykh.

Mutko, who also held the post of the Russian sports minister in 2012-2016, used to be in charge of the RFU between April 2005 and November 2009. He stepped down from the post of the organization’s president, following a government resolution, which required that state officials should quit top positions in sports federations.

In July 2015, an exception was made for Mutko to combine the posts of the sports minister and the RFU’s head, which allowed him to take part in the RFU presidential elections, which eventually saw him elected again as the head of the organization.

In December 2017, Mutko announced a decision to temporarily step down from the post of the president of the RFU. Alexander Alayev, the RFU Director General, was appointed the acting president of Russia’s governing football body.

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