President of the Russian Football Union (RFU) Nikolai Tolstykh could be removed from office unless the RFU complies with the order by the Federal Service for Labor and Employment (Rostrud) to pay the salary of the Russian national team coach, Fabio Capello, a source familiar with the situation told Interfax.
"By law, Tolstykh could be removed from office if the RFU fails to comply with the Rostrud order to pay Capello his salary before December 19," the source said.
An inspection conducted by Rostrud at the RFU in October-November revealed wage arrears totaling more that 181.5 million rubles and compelled the RFU to pay the debt within the month, i.e. before December 19.
Under Article 19.5 part one of the Russian Code of Administrative Offenses, failure by an official to comply with a legitimate order issued by a regulatory body entails a fine of between 1,000 and 2,000 rubles or disqualification for up to three years.
Tolstykh confirmed that the Union owes Capello and the national team's General Manager Oreste Cinquini several months' salary. However, the RFU does not have the money to pay this debt, the president said.
Neither Capello, nor Cinquini have complained to Rostrud over their delayed salaries.
Meanwhile, Moscow prosecutors are investigating Tolstykh's claims, questioning the legality of Rostrud's actions with respect to the RFU.
The sum paid to Capello under the contract was not formally announced, but according to the media, in Russia he is paid around $10 million a year.
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