Russia's Mutko fails eligibility check of FIFA

Russia's Mutko fails eligibility check of FIFA

Russian Football Union head Vitaly Mutko has been barred from seeking re-election to FIFA’s Council after failing an eligibility check, people familiar with the decision told The Associated Press.

FIFA’s review committee has ruled that Mutko can no longer sit on the FIFA Council because of his role as a deputy prime minister of Russia.

That investigation could lead to sanctions that prevent Mutko remaining head of the Russian Football Union and chairman of Russia’s 2018 World Cup organizing committee.

Mutko had been one of five men seeking four European places on the council in the April 5 election at the UEFA Congress.

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