Ukraine wants Russian FA sanctioned for accepting Crimea clubs

Tue Aug 12, 2014 4:27pm EDT
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By Igor Nitsak

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's football federation has called on soccer's world and European governing bodies FIFA and UEFA to sanction the Russian Football Union (RFU) for bringing Crimean clubs into its league structure.

Three Crimean teams - TSK Simferopol, SKChF Sevastopol and Zhemchuzhina Yalta - have been accepted by the RFU to play in the Russian championship next season.

The trio played matches in the Russian Cup on Tuesday.

An official letter of complaint signed by Anatoly Konkov, Football Federation of Ukraine (FFU) president, was posted on the domestic governing body's official website on Tuesday.

“With all respect we are addressing you (FIFA and UEFA) over the events troubling not only the Ukrainian football society but also the whole football community," it said.

"We have witnessed the executive committee of the Russian football union illegally and arbitrarily embracing the Ukrainian clubs from the Crimea peninsula.

"As far as we know, the Russian football union officially informed neither UEFA nor FIFA about this decision. I consider it necessary to inform you that three Ukrainian clubs have played in the Russian Cup.

"We understand this activity is in conflict with the regulations of FIFA, UEFA, FFU and RFU.   Continued...