Vitaly Mutko resigns as chairman from 2018 Russia World Cup organising committee

Mutoko will be replaced by Alexei Sorokin, who is Russia 2018 chief executive and has also take his place on the FIFA council, reports said. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 28, 2017, 01.29 AM (IST)

Vitaly Mutko, a Russian deputy prime minister has announced his resignation from his role as the 2018 World Cup organising committee's chairman less than six months before the tournament begins in Russia. 

The decision comes the same month as his lifetime ban from the Olympics following an investigation into allegations of state-sponsoring doping

"I have decided to file the claim in the CAS tomorrow," The Straits Times quoted Mutko as saying.

Mutoko will be replaced by Alexei Sorokin, who is Russia 2018 chief executive and has also take his place on the FIFA council, reports said. 

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The Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the World Cup stated that their performance and preparation will not be affected by this decision.  

Russia is hosting next year’s football World Cup in 11 cities including Moscow, St Petersburg and Sochi. 

According to local Russian media, Vitaly Mutko announced the suspension from his post during Russia's RFS football federation executive board meeting.