Oleg Matytsin

The Minister of Sports said that both theoretically and practically, football clubs from Crimea and Donbass can participate in Russian tournaments. Matytsin noted that difficulties in this matter may arise with the regulations and positions of international federations

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Oleg Matytsin

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The participation of football clubs from Crimea, as well as from the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR) in Russian competitions is possible. About it TASS within the framework of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), said the Minister of Sports of Russia Oleg Matytsin.

“I think that both theoretically and practically they can (participate in Russian tournaments. — RBC)”, – he said.

According to him, the difficulties in implementing such a scenario lie in the regulations and positions of international federations, in this case, the International Football Federation (FIFA) and the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). “This is if we are talking about football. As for other international federations, it is the task of our national federations to make a decision in each specific case,” the minister said.

Dyukov answered the question about the future of the Crimean football

Photo: Alexander Dyukov (Photo: Grant Getadaryan)

Matytsin added that this issue is relevant as a state task. “And we must do everything necessary to ensure that the people who live in the territories you named have no restrictions, whether they are children or adults. We always say that sport knows no boundaries,” he concluded.

In April, the President of the Crimean Football Union Sergey Borodkin declared on the possibility of the peninsula’s clubs entering the Russian Premier League (RPL). In May, Sochi President Boris Rotenberg said that the Russian Football Union (RFU) should accept football clubs from Donbass and Crimea into its membership, if there are no legal obstacles to this.

In turn, the former governor of Sevastopol, the head of North Ossetia, Sergei Menyailo, said that in the current political situation, the RFU should include the Crimean football teams in the Russian championship system. “When Sevastopol returned to Russia in 2014, the RFU was afraid of sanctions from UEFA. We have established the Crimean Football Union. It must be understood that now all international sport is becoming an instrument of the policy of our unfriendly states. Now, of course, it is already necessary to accept Crimea in the RFU. Do I need to include teams from Donbass? In any case, they are trying to protect us from everything, to exclude us from everywhere,” he said.

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