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UEFA Ruling On Crimea
March 29, 2015 17:08

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The UEFA Emergency Panel has decided that any football matches played by Crimean clubs organised under the auspices of the Russian Football Union will not be recognised by UEFA, according to the official statement.
“In light of the complex and difficult factual and political considerations, and until an agreed solution can be found with regard to the situation in Crimea, the UEFA Emergency Panel has today decided that any football matches played by Crimean clubs organised under the auspices of the Russian Football Union (RFS) will not be recognised by UEFA until further notice,” says a press release on the body’s official website.
UEFA has no wish to prevent clubs from playing football. On the contrary, UEFA recognises that football can have very positive and beneficial effects in bringing people together, especially during times of strife and unrest. Nevertheless, in order for football to take place within an organised sporting and legal framework, such participation has to comply with the terms set out in the UEFA Statutes, which have been agreed by all 54 UEFA member associations, runs the statement.
The UEFA Emergency Panel has also requested that the UEFA administration, together with FIFA, facilitate discussions with the representatives of the RFS and the Football Federation of Ukraine (FFU) in order to find a common solution to this situation.
Earlier, Russia-IC reported that Russia would support the peninsula’s league anyway. The territory will also host international events.
The Crimean league will feature eight clubs and the local tournament will be sponsored by UEFA. The games could start as early as March. The strongest teams on the peninsula include TSK Simferopol, SKChF Sevastopol and Zhemchuzhina Yalta.
Russia has sparked a wave of criticism after it incorporated Crimea into its territory following a referendum on the peninsula with a large ethnic Russian population.

The US and the EU imposed a raft of sanctions on Russian officials and individuals with close ties to the Kremlin. The US also put space and military cooperation on hold, followed by some of its NATO allies, including the UK. Trade between the EU and Russia fell sharply, echoing a sour political relationship between Moscow and Brussels split over the Ukraine crisis. 

Author: Mikhail Vesely


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