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Russian bosses finally set to pay national coach Capello

The Russian Football Union (RFU) says it is close to paying the national football coach, Fabio Capello, who last received his salary six months ago, reports The Guardian. Hit by financial problems, the RFU has been unable to meet Capello's reported £6.8m salary but could now pay the arrears as soon as Wednesday, the president, Nikolai Tolstykh, said.

Capello's unpaid wages have caused further problems for the RFU because of the recent collapse in value of the Russian currency.

The coach's contract is believed to be denominated in euros but paid in roubles according to the exchange rate at the time of payment. That means a missed monthly salary payment from July may now cost the RFU over 40% more in rouble terms than if it had been paid on time.

Capello has insisted the unpaid money is not a factor in Russia's poor form, with just one win in their last eight competitive matches.

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