In Crimea officially kicked off football season, reports | Unity.info with reference on Delo.ua.
Yesterday were played the first matches of the Cup of the Peninsula, and not far off the top of the championship with eight professional clubs. In addition, we plan a separate championship for youth teams. These competitions fall under the jurisdiction of UEFA, representatives of the organization called the Crimea “special zone”.
Last week on the Peninsula was visited by the Commission, which was headed by member of UEFA Executive Committee Frantisek laurinec. According to him, the Statute of the European football Union does not allow to consider Crimea as a Russian territory, but also to leave the region without football, too.
Earlier UEFA has stated that it will allocate funding in support of Crimean football. It should be noted that last summer three Crimean professional club debut in the second League of the championship of Russia, but in December, UEFA banned them from participating in the competition, after which the Russian football Union excluded these teams from the championship. However, UEFA said that while they do not consider the question of the participation of Crimean clubs in European competition.