(WFI) Russia’s president urged organizers to find solutions to potential white elephants after the 2018 World Cup.
(WFI) Fifa’s boss and Russia’s president discuss World Cup preparations.
(WFI) FIFA increases its investigation into doping of the Russian national team.
Dec. 26 – Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko stepped down from his role as President of the Russian Football Union.
Oct. 24 – A strong social media push propelled a wolf named Zabivaka to victory in the mascot race for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
July 19 – FIFA will take “appropriate next steps” after receiving information from WADA about Council member Vitaly Mutko’s alleged involvement in the state-sponsored Russian doping scandal rocking world sport. Mark Bisson reports.
Nov.10 – FIFA’s ethics committee is studying WADA’s allegations that ExCo member and Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko was “complicit” in a cover-up of doping in Russian athletics. Mark Bisson reports.
Sept. 2 – Vitaly Mutko, sports minister and 2018 World Cup chief, increases his grip on Russian football after being unanimously elected president of the country’s soccer federation on Wednesday.
April 22 – Despite Russia’s financial crisis, sports minister Vitaly Mutko insists the 660 billion rubles ($12.4bn) budget for venues and infrastructure has not changed. Brian Pinelli reports from Sochi
Feb. 5 – Despite major delays in building the 2018 World Cup stadium in Rostov and Russia’s chronic financial problems, sports minister Vitaly Mutko says the number of host venues will not be slashed.