A FIFA legal delegation, headed by Joerg Vollmueller, has completed its first official visit to Russia.
The FIFA team held meetings with the Minister of Sports, Tourism and Youth Policy, Vitaly Mutko; speaker for the State Duma of Russia, Svetlana Zhurova; CEO of the Local Organising Committee Alexey Sorokin, as well as a government legal team. The meetings were dedicated to the development of the legal base for preparing and hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ in Russia.
At the bidding stage, the government of Russia signed a set of guarantees required to stage the FIFA World Cup. In addition, the government promised to arrange free transportation for fans between the host cities, provide visa-free entry to the country for match ticket holders and guaranteed the construction of FIFA World Cup stadiums.
The Local Organising Committee and the government of Russia set up a working group to develop a special FIFA World Cup law that will govern the preparation and staging of the tournament. It is expected that the 2018 FIFA World Cup law will be submitted to the State Duma before the end of the year.
At the end of the meeting with the FIFA legal team, Minister Mutko said: “We presented to the FIFA delegation concept of the future law. The members of the delegation shared their comments and thoughts but appreciated the overall progress of the work done so far. FIFA legal team saw that Russia is working at a good pace and is committed to succeed.”
Joerg Vollmueller, head of the FIFA legal delegation, added: "We feel extremely positive about our first working visit to Russia. We were very impressed by the quality of the preliminary legal work done by the LOC. We also highly appreciate the commitment of both the executive and legislative branches of the Russian Federation to draft and adopt the World Cup Law. We have no doubts that FIFA, together with Russia, will be able to secure an effective and mutually beneficial legal framework for the World Cup in Russia”.