Russia might lose World Cup 2018 after Mutko’s activities audit

FIFA Ethics Commission opened an investigation against the Minister of Sports of the Russian Federation.

The reason for the investigation were accusations that are contained in the report of WADA independent commission led by Robert McLaren, that was published on July 18.

Mutko is accused of with promoting the use of performance-enhancing drugs at the national level.

In a statement of the Ethics Commission published on the WADA website, it is said that if breaking the code of ethics is confirmed, “the Chamber of Investigation will take appropriate measures and inform about it in a proper manner.”

Earlier, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) demanded Mutko’s resignation from the post of the Minister of Sport of the Russian Federation. Investigation of the Ethics Commission is also carried out at the request of WADA.

Vitaly Mutko is a member of the FIFA executive committee, he is also the head of the Russian Football Union (RFU). A source in the sports circles told the radio station Govorit Moskva (“Moscow Speaking” – RRT) that if the Commission’s decision is positive, he will be demanded to leave this post.

If Mutko remains the president of the RFU, and refuses to fulfill the request of the Ethics Commission, Russia will lose the right to vote in the FIFA executive committee, and the ability to host the World Cup in 2018. The Confederations Cup in 2017 would also be put in question.

FIFA Ethics Committee was investigating violations of FIFA President Joseph Blatter, and UEFA President Michel Platini. According to the conclusion of the commission in December 2015, both were suspended from football-related activities for 8 years.



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