“He plays passionately, he cannot lose, although, if it happens, he does it with dignity,” as his old acquaintance, actor, member of the Quartet And Rostislav Chaitt describes Dyukov. But there is no chance of losing to Dyukov: he is the only candidate in the early presidential election of the Russian Football Union (RFU).
Elections were needed after the previous president of the union, Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko, first in December 2017 announced the suspension of his activities in the RFU, and a year later he resigned. The suspension of work in the RFU was needed to file a claim to the sports arbitration court in Lausanne because of the removal of the Russian team from the Olympics and the charges in the "state doping program," Mutko himself explained.
In fact, this was due to pressure from FIFA and other sports structures, two sources close to the RFU say. In the course of international investigations into the use of doping by Russian athletes, the name of the former Minister of Sports and Deputy Prime Minister Mutko who was in charge of the sport sounded more than once.
“At some point, Mutko became toxic, and on the eve of holding the World Cup in Russia, this was critical,” explains one of them.
“Mutko decided to warn possible problems himself and went into the shadows. Nobody pointed out to him the need for this, ”says a source in his environment.
The term of office of the new head of the union under its charter will be limited to the limits of the mandate of the previous president, i.e., September 2020. After that, new elections will be held for a four-year term.