A special envoy from the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) to supervise football in Crimea will be named late last week at the European organization’s session in Malta, UEFA’s press service reported on Tuesday.
UEFA Executive Committee is holding its regular session on the development of football in Europe in Malta on September 17-18.
Early this year after a meeting with UEFA President Michel Platini in Moscow, Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said that the UEFA proposed setting up in Crimea an independent football structure that would unite existing football federations in Crimea and Sevastopol and would be under the temporary jurisdiction of UEFA.
UEFA Secretary-General Gianni Infantino announced last December that Europe’s football governing body prohibited three Crimean football clubs, namely TSK Simferopol, SKCF Sevastopol and Zhemchuzhina Yalta, from competing in the Russian championship starting January 1, 2015.
UEFA also announced that the Russian Football Union (RFU) would not be subjected to penalties for placing the three clubs to the Second Division of Russia’s championship in the 2014/2015 season.
The European governing body of football also announced that a special area would be set up in Crimea, where football would be developing under UEFA’s exclusive auspices.
In July of 2014, the RFU permitted the Crimean clubs to undergo licensing by way of a decision to be taken by its bureau. They were included in the second division of the Russian championship.
The decision was challenged by the football federation of Ukraine and the UEFA passed an intermediary resolution on August 22. It said it did not recognize the introduction of the three Crimean clubs in the second division of Russia’s championship and ruled to hold an extra meeting of the parties concerned "to tap a common solution to the situation."
Representatives of FIFA, UEFA, the RFU and the Ukrainian football federation had four meetings in September. A decision was made then to set up a working group that would be given the task of settling the awkward situation around football in Crimea, which reunited with Russia in March 2014.
First published by TASS.
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