UEFA’s actions on Crimean football has implications for Israel

UEFA’s actions on Crimean football has implications for Israel

Three Crimean clubs were incorporated in the third tier of the Russian football league in August this year and teams have already played in a cup competition.  The Ukrainian FA has objected to FIFA and UEFA, and the latter said on 22 August that “any football matches played by Crimean clubs organised under the auspices of the Russian Football Union (RFS) will not be recognised by UEFA until further notice”. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-28806786 http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/news/newsid=2134978.html. Then on 18 September UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino went further when he said  that a team winning a Russian competition after playing a Crimean club would not qualify for Europe.  This could have serious repercussions.  http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2014/09/18/ukraine-calls-on-fifa-uefa-to-suspend-russia-over-crimean-teams-moving-to/.   The Ukrainians have also called for Russia to be suspended from international football, but so far Blatter has said that the World Cup in 2018 will not be moved.

UEFA’s is sanctioning Russian football in line with international law, since the absorption of Crimea by Russia is not recognised internationally.  So UEFA should do the same with respect to Palestine and Israel, and sanction Israel for breaking international law.  We wonder if this has occurred to UEFA – or FIFA.

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