Roman up for Russian FA role

MOSCOW - Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich would consider serving on the Russian FA's advisory board if he received a formal invitation, his spokesman said on Friday.

"We are aware of the proposal and when the formal invitation is extended Mr Abramovich will surely consider it," John Mann told Reuters.

New Russian FA (RFU) chief Sergei Fursenko recently met Abramovich in London to discuss, among other things, a more active role within the RFU.

Chelsea's billionaire owner has played a significant role in Russian soccer, mainly sponsoring a number of RFU's projects.

Until last year, the National Academy Fund, sponsored by Abramovich, was paying the 7-million euro salary of former Russia coach Guus Hiddink under an agreement with then RFU president Vitaly Mutko.

Several other Russian tycoons, including Spartak Moscow owner Leonid Fedun and Alisher Usmanov, who has a 26 percent stake in English Premier League club Arsenal, have also been mentioned as possible RFU's advisory board members.

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