International football: Alisher Usmanov steps in to help Russia boss Fabio Capello
By Paul Gilmour
Last Updated: 12/02/15 1:01pm
Billionaire Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov has given the Russian Football Union a loan of nearly £4m to cover wages owed to head coach Fabio Capello.
The Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko said on Thursday that the issue would be concluded in the next two days as they gathered 'businessmen' to pay Capello.
Reports have suggested Capello and the team's general manager Oreste Cinquini were last paid in June 2014.
Sources close to Usmanov have confirmed to Sky Sports News HQ that he agreed to pay due to his role as a major sponsor of the 2018 World Cup bid team, and it is understood the Arsenal shareholder is embarrassed that they have not been paid and feels the head of the RFU should consider his position.
In their current European qualifying campaign, Russia are currently five points behind group leaders Austria having won just one of their opening four games, and are a point behind second-placed Sweden.
They face a tricky away trip to Montenegro next month.