The UEFA Executive Committee has banned Crimean football clubs from participating in competitions organized by the Russian Football Union.
The UEFA Executive Committee decided to ban Crimean football clubs from taking part in competitions organized by the Russian Football Union starting from January 1, 2015, UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino said at a press conference in Nyon, Switzerland, on December 4 after the meeting of the organization’s executive committee. He also noted that the Russian Football Union should not organize competitions in Crimea. According to Infantino, Crimea is currently considered to be a special area.
Ukraine says Russia has no right to include the Crimean clubs in its leagues as the peninsula is officially regarded as an occupied territory and its separation has not been globally recognized.
Russia annexed the Crimea peninsula in March soon after Ukrainian protesters toppled pro-Moscow President Viktor Yanukovych.
Infantino said a disciplinary case could be opened if UEFA’s decision was not respected.