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Russia giving up top FIFA seat, targets new UEFA position – Washington, District of Columbia

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Nyon, Switzerland (AP) —Russia has abandoned its position on the FIFA Council and is proposing to be president of the Football Federation …

Nyon, Switzerland (AP) —Russia has abandoned its position on the FIFA Council and is proposing the President of the Football Federation as a candidate to join the UEFA executive committee, a European football organization said Thursday.

FIFA seats have been vacated by Alexey Sorokin, who joined the council four years ago when he was CEO of the Russian Organizing Committee for the 2018 World Cup.

Solokin took over the open FIFA seats when the jury blocked the then Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko from retaining his seat due to a conflict of interest.

Fernando Gomez of Portugal, one of the eight European representatives of the 37-member Council of Solokin and FIFA, has not run for re-election by the UEFA Membership Federation on April 20.

The new candidates are Peter Peters, Vice President of the German Football Federation and Razvan Blairu, President of the Romanian Federation. They are not opposed to getting a four-year seating obligation with a $ 250,000 annual scholarship from FIFA.

Alexander Dukov, president of the Russian Football Federation, is one of nine candidates for the UEFA executive committee’s eight seats.

Dukov is a longtime executive of the Russian oil company Gazprom, the top sponsor of the Champions League.

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