UEFA approved creation of Crimean Football Premier League

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It is supposed that in the Crimea will be established two football leagues: the adult and the youth one (U-19). As for the first Crimean League, it’ll include eight professional teams, the Youth League will comprise 16 teams.

The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) supported the idea to create the Crimean Football Premier League. That information was given to journalists by Frantishek Lavrinets, a member of the UEFA Executive Committee, after the Commission’s visit to the peninsula.

“We agree that they need their own Premier League. UEFA fully supports the need for the league creation. But we are not yet ready to discuss the time of its establishment, said Lavrinets. He noted that UEFA representatives had not yet decided on financing football in the Crimea and Sevastopol.

“It’s not time to talk about financing. We have not yet gone so far on the issue of mutual understanding, explained Lavrinets.

The creation of adult and youth leagues in the Crimea

It is supposed that in the Crimea will be formed two football leagues: the adult and the youth one (U-19). The adult Premier League will include eight professional teams that will play four rounds, and the youth Premier League will comprise 16 teams that will determine the winner through two rounds.

The competitions will be organized by the Crimean Football Union that will combine the existing Football Federation of Crimea and Sevastopol.

It’s not time to discuss participation in European Cups

Frantisek Lavrinets also reported that it was not time to discuss Crimean football clubs participation in European Cups, but UEFA would deal with that.

“We exchanged views on the issue and we will work to give an answer about when the clubs are to participate in the UEFA tournaments,” explained Lavrinets. Earlier, the President of the Football Federation of Crimea Nikolay Gostev stated that the Crimean football authorities had asked UEFA to allow the local teams to participate in European Cups.

Crimean football clubs in Russia

In late July 2014 the Crimean clubs FC SKChF Sevastopol, FC Zhemchuzhina Yalta and FC TSK Simferopol were licensed by the Executive Committee Bureau of the Russian Football Union (FUR), and then the clubs became participants of the Russian Professional Football League (former Russian Second Division). That decision was challenged by the Football Federation of Ukraine (FFU).

On December 4 UEFA prohibited the Crimean football clubs to participate in the Russian Premier League from January 1, 2015 and proclaimed the Crimea a “special territory”. Without the consent of UEFA and FFU FUR has no right to hold tournaments in the Crimea. In January the FUR Executive Committee decided to exclude the Crimean clubs from the Russian Premier League.

Text and pictures by TASS