The president of Russia's FA resigned on Monday after the national team failed to make the knock-out stages of UEFA EURO 2012.
"I would like to apologise to the fans for this result," Russian Football Union president Sergei Fursenko said. I have taken a difficult decision -- to step down as head of the Russian Football Union," he added.
Russia were knocked out of the EURO 2012 after a defeat by Greece. Fursenko said that the team - boasting talent including established stars like Andrei Arshavin and new talent like Alan Dzagoev - was strong and had been well prepared by Dutch coach Dick Advocaat.
"But it went wrong. And of course our fans are now disappointed as they expected a different result," he said.