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Published:January 24th, 2008 02:29 EST
The head of the Russian Football Union (RFU) said..

The head of the Russian Football Union (RFU) said..

By SOP newswire

The head of the Russian Football Union (RFU) said on Wednesday that he saw no sense in the recent proposal by the Moskva FC soccer club to play one of its league matches in London.

Club president Yury Belous had earlier submitted a proposal, financially backed by entertainment and media company IMG, to transfer its home match against Russian champions Zenit St. Petersburg, set for early March, to London. However, on Tuesday an RFU meeting turned down the proposal.

"I was, to be honest, surprised by the proposal. I see no sense in it. This is the Russian championship, why should we play in England?" Vitaly Mutko told journalists.

"It could have been a good advert for our football, to help Europe find out about us," a disappointed Belous told the website.

"There are many ways to promote Russian football - the participation of our teams in European cups and the national team," commented Mutko.

There had been speculation before the RFU rejection of the offer that the match would take place at Stamford Bridge, home of the Chelsea soccer club. Chelsea is owned by the Russian billionaire and governor of Chukotka, Roman Abramovich.