Crimean Football Union expects UEFA membership after Kosovo precedent

The Crimean Football Union (CFU) is likely to become a member of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) considering the example of Kosovo, which was accepted to Europe’s governing body of football earlier this week, CFU President Yury Vetokha told TASS on Wednesday.

The Crimean Football Union (CFU) is likely to become a member of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) considering the example of Kosovo, which was accepted to Europe’s governing body of football earlier this week, CFU President Yury Vetokha told TASS on Wednesday.

The union enjoys a special status within UEFA. The union held over the last summer and autumn the first part of its premier league. A total of eight teams from eight Crimean cities participated in the championship having played 56 matches in 14 rounds.

"Several delegates at the UEFA Congress expressed opinion that if the issue was raised in regard to Kosovo than something must be done in regard to Crimea as well," Vetokha said in an interview with TASS.

Kosovo was admitted to the UEFA at the organization’s Congress on Tuesday. The UEFA Congress approved the decision by a 28 majority vote, while 24 UEFA members, including the Russian Football Union (RFU), voted against. Two ballot papers were declared void.

"I personally do not see how our [Kosovo and Crimea] situations differ," Vetokha said. "The ongoing developments speak for the fact that we are on the way [to join UEFA], but it is hard to say how soon it will happen."

First published by TASS.

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