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Russia, Ukraine to meet with FIFA, UEFA over dispute with Crimean clubs

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Russia's and Ukraine's soccer governing bodies will meet next month in discussions mediated by FIFA and UEFA, according to the Associated Press. The two countries are trying to reach a resolution over a dispute related to three clubs in the region of Crimea. 

SKChF Sevastopol, Tavria Simferopol and Zhemchuzhina Yalta are located in the disputed region of Crimea. The region is technically part of Ukraine, but its residents voted in March to join Russia after Russia invaded the territory. The UN rejected the vote and the Ukrainian government declared Crimea “territory temporarily occupied by the Russian Federation.”

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The three Crimean clubs in question are playing this season in Russia's third division, but UEFA has refused to recognize their matches.

FIFA and UEFA have not issued sanctions against the Russian Football Union.

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- Dan Gartland

 

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