UEFA: No case for Russia yet despite Crimea games

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 13, 2014 at 12:02 pm •  Published: August 13, 2014
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GENEVA (AP) — Russian football authorities have escalated a dispute with Ukraine over control of three clubs from Crimea, which played matches in an official competition without authority.

Still, UEFA said Wednesday it has not yet taken any disciplinary action against its Russian member federation.

The Ukrainian football federation wrote urging UEFA and FIFA to act after all three clubs played Russian Cup qualifying-round matches Tuesday.

"We are in contact with both associations but have no further comments to make at this stage," UEFA said Wednesday in a statement.

UEFA and FIFA confirmed that the matches were played, and football's world governing body said it received the Ukraine federation's letter.

UEFA has responsibility over FIFA for disputes involving two member countries within Europe.

The issue flared again when Tavria Simferopol lost 2-0 at home to fellow Crimean club SKChF Sevastopol, whose fans ran onto the field, and Zhemchuzhina Yalta also lost 2-0, to visiting Sochi.

The clubs are in a political stalemate after leaving Ukraine's league between seasons without UEFA's permission to join Russian competitions. They completed last season in Ukraine after a March referendum in Crimea strongly supported ceding to Russia, though that ballot is not officially recognized by the international community.

That did not stop the Russian Football Union (RFU) from announcing two weeks ago that all three clubs would enter a regional division of its third-tier league.

UEFA rules bar "combinations and alliances" involving clubs from different associations.

Last week, UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino said it still hoped for a compromise between the two national federations.

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