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Russia will relinquish its seat on the Council of the International Football Federation (FIFA) and nominate the president of its federation as a candidate for the Executive Committee of the European Football Union (UEFA). The AP informed about it on Thursday, referring to UEFA's confirmation.

      Sorokin will vacate one of the nine European seats in the 37-member FIFA Council, along with Portuguese Fernando Gomes, as they will no longer run in the UEFA election. Sorokin, who took up the post at FIFA four years ago instead of compatriot and then-Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutka, worked as head of the 2018 World Cup organizing committee at the time.

      UEFA's election to the FIFA Council will take place on April 20. The new candidates are Peter Peters, vice-president of the German Football Association, and Razvan Burleanu, president of the Romanian Football Federation. As they have no candidates, their choice should be a formality. The Russians will nominate Alexander Djukov, the current president of the Russian Football Union (RFU), to the UEFA executive committee. He is the long-term executive head of the Russian oil company Gazprom, which is one of the main sponsors of the Champions League. Djukov is one of nine candidates for eight positions in the VE UEFA.

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