Moscow: Russia's Premier League has nominated Alexander Dyukov to succeed Vitaly Mutko as the head of Russian football, local media reported on Thursday.
Mutko, Russia's Deputy Prime Minister, stood down as president of the country's football federation in December having been banned for life from the Olympic Games for his role in the state-sponsored doping scandal.
Dyukov, 51, serves as chief executive of Gazprom Neft, the oil arm of Russia's state-run energy giant Gazprom.
He also heads Zenit St Petersburg's board of directors and will be favourite to win the February 22 election to become president of the Russian Football Union (RFU).
Russian agencies reported that Dyukov has agreed to run for the post.
The head of Russia's Premier League Sergei Pryadkin was assigned caretaker RFU chief until the naming of a permanent successor next month.
During Dyukov's tenure as Zenit's president between 2008 and 2017 the club won three national league titles (2010, 2012 and 2015), two Russian Cups (2010 and 2016) along with a UEFA Cup and UEFA Super Cup in 2008.