Mutko must go
July 19, 2016
The position of Vitaly Mutko is no longer tenable says FIFA reform campaign group, #NewFIFANow, and has called on FIFA and UEFA to suspend him pending further action.
Mutko is the Russian Sports Minister who has presided over the state-sanctioned doping measures detailed in the McLaren Report released yesterday. The report provided conclusive evidence of doping in all sports in Russia, including football.
Mutko is also a member of the executive of UEFA, a FIFA Council member, President of the Organising Committee of the 2018 FIFA World Cup and President of the Russian Football Union.
“We note that Mr Mutko is entitled to the presumption of innocence about his level of involvement,” said #NewFIFANow co-founder Jaimie Fuller.
“Having said that, the McLaren report pulls no punches and is very clear.
“As a minimum, we call on FIFA and UEFA to suspend Mr Mutko from his football roles pending further action and sanctions in respect of the broader issues.
“If they do not, it condemns FIFA and UEFA by their inaction.”
Mr Fuller said the extent of the state-sanctioned activity outlined in the McLaren report must also place doubt over whether Russia should host world football tournaments. Russia is due to host the Confederations Cup in June next year and the World Cup in June/July 2018.
“Football has to stand for its sport and the men and women who play it. Such flagrant flouting of the integrity of sport must be condemned,” Mr Fuller said.
“Any nation that sanctions such activity should not be rewarded with hosting football’s showpiece event.”
Mr Fuller said that there were several other countries in Europe capable of stepping-in to host the 2017 Confederations Cup and 2018 World Cup if necessary.