Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko believes the decision made by UEFA to ban Crimean clubs from participating in Russian football competitions contradicts the interests of football.
"In my view, this decision is not in the interests of football at all," the minister said in an interview with Rossiya 24 television on Thursday.
Mutko said he believes that by banning Crimean clubs from playing, UEFA "is killing professional football."
"Where are they supposed to play? They can't play in Ukraine and they can't play in Russia. What are football fans and football supposed to do?" he said.
Mutko sad, however, that UEFA currently cannot take any other decision "because they have a charter that states its principles and rules."
Mutko also said he is convinced that Russia can develop children's football and football in general independently in the Republic of Crimea.
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