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FIFA and UEFA urged to exclude Russia over grave violation of statutes

Russian Football Union has allowed Rubin Yalta and FC Sevastopol – two clubs from illegally occupied Crimea – to join the Russian football league, 9 years after the Ukrainian province was annexed by Russia. According to UEFA’s regulations, clubs from Crimea were not allowed to be incorporated into the Russian soccer league and were obliged to play against each other, without a chance of getting access to the European cups. Ukrainian Football Association has asked UEFA to FIFA to review Russia’s membership status after a “gross violation of FIFA and UEFA statutes and UEFA’s decision on the special status of Crimean football”.

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