Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev urged Vice-Premier Vitaly Mutko, responsible for the development of sport, increase interest in Russian football. His words leads TASS on Friday, April 28.
Medvedev cited the words of Minister of culture Vladimir Medinsky told about the popularity of the family trips to hockey games. “We need to make our people with the same pleasure went to watch football,” — said the head of government.
Vitaly Mutko acknowledged that the attitude of Russian football has worsened, in particular — reduced the level of confidence in the national team the country.
“Of course, we’ll still support our team, we will be cheering for real, but they try too”, — said Dmitry Medvedev.
Earlier Friday it was reported that the Prime Minister discussed with Mutko scandal at the match between “Zenit” and “Ural”, in which the referee Alexey Eskov removed three players Yekaterinburg club. Medvedev stressed that “a surprising situation” was watched by all country. He called on Deputy Prime Minister to raise the profile of football, reminding him that Russia next year will make the world Cup.
The world championship will be held from 14 June to 15 July 2018. For the first time Russia will make the tournament.