“As has already been communicated, when it comes to anti-doping measures, FIFA takes its responsibility very seriously.
“FIFA continues to take every measure at its competitions to ensure football remains free from doping.
“For the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 played in Russia, every participating player was tested in unannounced controls and further systematic tests were performed at every match. All results were negative.
“A similar protocol will be in place for next year’s FIFA World Cup in Russia, with the analysis of all doping samples to be carried out at WADA laboratories outside Russia.”
Despite the misgivings many have over Russian doping and Mutko’s participation, FIFA isn’t willing to change course just six-plus months before the World Cup kicks off.