Decision to ban: UEFA put Russia in its place
The European Football Union (UEFA) has recalled that it bans Russia from including teams from temporarily occupied Crimea in its championship. This is how the organization responded to plans to allow "Sevastopol" and "Rubin" from Yalta to play in the second division of the aggressor country's championship.
UEFA said this in response to a request from Russian propagandists from the Match TV channel. Nyon noted that they had already banned the Russian Football Union (RFU) from extending its jurisdiction to Crimea, which UEFA still considers a special zone.
"Regarding the situation in Crimea, in accordance with the decision of the UEFA Extraordinary Commission of August 22, 2014, the executive committee decided to ban Crimean clubs from participating in competitions organized by the RFU from January 1, 2015, and to consider this region a 'special zone' for soccer purposes until further notice," UEFA stressed.
"Simferopol", "Sevastopol" and "Zhemchuzhina" (Yalta) played in the second league of Russian soccer in 2014. However, UEFA obliged the RFU to exclude them from its membership.
As reported by OBOZREVATEL, State Duma deputy Dmitry Svishev complained about Ukraine to UEFA and FIFA, noting that our country has no right to demand to punish Russia for recognizing the Crimean teams as part of its championship.