Crimean clubs out of Russian league next season

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 7, 2014 at 3:33 am •  Published: June 7, 2014

The Russian Football Union has delayed a vote on whether to absorb Crimea's football clubs following Russia's annexation of the peninsula, meaning the teams will not be able to compete in the Russian football league next season.

Crimea's clubs played out last season in the Ukrainian league after Russia's annexed the region in February and had hoped to switch to the Russian league for next season.

However, a Russian Football Union conference voted Saturday to put off a decision, citing requests from FIFA and UEFA for a delay.

Vyacheslav Koloskov, honorary president of the union and a former FIFA vice president, tells local media, "there are no chances whatsoever for the Crimean clubs to make the start of the Russian championship."