Mutko Steps Down From World Cup Role

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko has left his role as the head of government representative for Russia 2018 World Cup after he was implicated in the state-sponsored doping scheme.

Another deputy minister, Arkady Dvorkovich, has been named as his replacement and he will coordinate the tournament at the government level as confirmed by FIFA and Russian officials on Tuesday.

Mutko had earlier resigned as both head of the World Cup organizing committee and Russian Football Union in February but he was adamant that he would still figure in the planning for the tournament.

Mutko’s latest status coincides with the 100 days countdown to the World Cup and in the aftermath of former Moscow laboratory director Grigory Rodchenkov telling The reporters that he issued orders to cover up doping in soccer.

The former Sports Minister has not faced any footballing sanctions though he has already been banned for life from the Olympics.