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Russian Football President Nikolai Tolstykh Sacked After Vote

Russian Football Union (RFS) president NikolaI Tolstykh was sacked on Sunday following a vote on his position by RFS officials.

Delegates at a conference in Moscow voted 235 in favor, 196 against him departing a position he has held since 2012.

Tolstykh, 59, has faced criticism for mounting debts under his tenure with the RFS in the red to the tune of 1.4 billion rubles ($26.74 million).

Voting for a new president is due to take place within the next three months with vice-president Nikita Simonyan taking temporary charge

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