GENEVA (AP) — UEFA will not recognize any matches played by Crimean clubs in Russian competitions but stopped short of issuing sanctions against 2018 World Cup host Russia.
Three clubs from Crimea, a region annexed by Russia in March, debuted in Russian league and cup competitions this month.
UEFA's Emergency Panel has ruled that the clubs' matches "will not be recognized by UEFA until further notice," the organization said in a statement.
The Ukrainian Football Federation had called for sanctions against Russia's football authorities, arguing that admitting the Crimean clubs broke UEFA rules on national jurisdictions.
The Russian Football Union's honorary president Vyacheslav Koloskov told Russia's R-Sport agency the UEFA ruling "satisfies us" and that "UEFA, in my opinion, has acted very wisely."