Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

THE INTERVIEW

'Iraq wants role for Iran in anti-IS coalition', says foreign minister

Read more

ENCORE!

Margaret Atwood: A Prophetic Writer in Paris

Read more

FOCUS

Italy: The search for missing migrants

Read more

WEB NEWS

News media urged not to show Islamic State group videos

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Is Valls crying wolf?

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Prospect of separation from Scotland stirs sadness in England and Wales

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

No resolution in sight to Air France dispute

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Fighting back against facial recognition

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Central African Republic: UN takes over country's peacekeeping

Read more

Sport

Crimean football teams cut from Ukrainian Premier League

© Photo: AFP

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-07-04

Crimea-based football clubs PFC Sevastopol and FC Tavriya have been cut from this season’s Ukrainian Premier League following the Russian-led annexation of the peninsula, the football federation said on Thursday.

“We have confirmed new regulations – the number of Premier League teams is 14 (reduced from 16) and the championship starts on July 26,” federation executive Igor Gataullin said.

An additional four clubs from the eastern part of Ukraine, including champions Shakhtar Donetsk, are being forced to relocate temporarily amid the military confrontation with pro-Russia separatists in the region.

Shakhtar need to find a venue for their Champions League matches after European soccer’s ruling body, UEFA, told the Ukrainian federation that it considers Kiev and Lviv the only cities safe enough to host games in the near future.

Cities such as Donetsk, Kharkiv, Mariupol, Zaporizhya and Luhansk have been deemed out-of-bounds.

Local media have speculated that Shakhtar might opt to play outside of Ukraine, with Bucharest among the possible venues.

Shakhtar will play in the Champions League group stage next season and Metalist Kharkiv and Zorya Luhansk have secured places in the Europa League.

Hundreds of people have been killed in three months of fighting in eastern Ukraine as government forces try to end the rebellion in towns and cities across the Russian-speaking region.

(FRANCE 24 with REUTERS)

Date created : 2014-07-04

  • UKRAINE

    Ukraine launches fresh assault on rebels as ceasefire ends

    Read more

  • UKRAINE

    Ukraine’s Poroshenko ends ceasefire with pro-Russia rebels

    Read more

  • UKRAINE

    Hollande, Merkel press for further peace progress in Ukraine

    Read more

COMMENT(S)