- © RIA Novosti. Ramil Sitdikov
© RIA Novosti. Ramil Sitdikov
MOSCOW, February 27 (R-Sport) - The Russian Football Union re-elected the country’s Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko as its representative on FIFA’s executive committee Wednesday.
Mutko headed the Russian FA from 2005 to 2009 and has been a member of FIFA’s executive committee since 2009.
He played a leading role in Russia’s successful bid to host the 2018 World Cup, and said Wednesday this was the reason he had been re-elected to football’s world governing body.
“If Russia was not the host of the World Cup, I would possibly have not gone to this post,” he said after the FA's executive committee approved him for the FIFA role.
Mutko was minister for sports, tourism and youth policy from 2008 until May 2012, when his portfolio was reduced to cover only sport.