In the Kremlin took place the meeting of the Council under RF President on development of physical culture and sports and the Supervisory Board of the organizing Committee of the 2018 world Cup, during which Vladimir Putin spoke about the limit on foreign players.

During the meeting the floor was taken by the President “Zenith” Sergey Fursenko to report on what has happened in the country “football revolution”. He recalled that Russia has built stadiums and the infrastructure was prepared, which now should be “spiritual” at the expense of entertaining football.

He promised the President that domestic football, when will be the entertainment, and will be competitive. Moreover, football will become a true Russian game.

“Well done, Sergei, – quotes Putin’s reply of “Sport-Express”. Eight foreigners run for Zenit in the Europa League. And two citizens of the Russian Federation, and the goalkeeper – three. Good for you!”

Fursenko has assured the President that “Zenit” in all matches comply with the limit (in the Europa League it’s not) and really prepares Russian players to the world Cup in terms of competition.

“We’ll see”, – Putin summed up.

Following the meeting, the President “gave a number of recommendations” regarding the limit on foreign players, which the head of the Russian football Union Vitaly Mutko has refused to voice because of a bout of laughter.

Mutko pleased. The reaction of Putin’s foreign players of Zenit

Vladimir Putin chided the President “Zenith” for the abundance of foreign players 03.10.2017

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