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Alaev called the appointment of the interim director unexpected. RPL President

Date: August 20, 2022 Time: 05:08:53

Alexander Alaev hoped that Ashot Khachaturyants would not leave his post. However, the RFU General Secretary signaled that he was ready to be fully focused on new responsibilities.

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The appointment as acting president of the Russian Premier League (RPL) came as a surprise to Alexander Alaev. He told Sport-Express that he waited until the end for the continuation of Ashot Khachaturyants’ work on his post.

“Everything that happened was unexpected. Although the topic has been discussed for a long time, he sincerely hoped that Ashot Rafailovich would remain in his position. In the RPL, he was in his place, as evidenced by his work. But he made that decision: he must be respected, ”said Alaev.

The head of the RFU was sympathetic to the decision of Khachaturyants to leave the RPL

According to Alaev, now the process of preparing for the election of a new head of the RPL is beginning. “If the clubs support my candidacy, I am ready 24/7 to be fully focused on the RPL. It is clear that this implies the abandonment of other positions. But that is not a problem, the main thing is to do everything possible for the development of our football”, he added.

Khachaturyants announced his resignation on June 27. And about Alaev, who now also holds the positions of General Secretary of the Russian Football Union (RFU) and President of the National Football League (FNL), became the head of the RPL.

Khachaturyants was elected president of the RPL in November last year for a five-year term. Former leader Sergei Pryadkin announced his resignation on October 5 at the league’s general assembly. At the same time, Khachaturyants was appointed interim president.


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