UEFA may create new league in disputed Crimea region
UEFA may create a new soccer league in the disputed territory of Crimea, Russian Minister of Sport Vitaly Mutko said, according to the Associated Press.
The region is currently the subject of dispute between Russia and Ukraine. Crimea was annexed from Ukraine by Russia in March, but neither Ukraine nor the United Nations recognize Russia's claim to the territory.
In September, Russian and Ukrainian soccer governing bodies met in discussions mediated by UEFA and FIFA in an attempt to resolve a dispute over the fate of clubs in Crimea. Three Crimean clubs left the Ukrainian Premier League and are playing this season in Russia's third division. UEFA refused to recognize their matches.
Ukraine also called for UEFA and FIFA to suspend Russia from international play because of the situation in Crimea.
American senator John McCain said in July that FIFA should reconsider allowing Russia to host the 2018 World Cup.
- Dan Gartland