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Final decision on Crimean football clubs due on December 4

November 21, 2014, 5:00 UTC+3 KIEV
Three Crimean clubs now playing in Russian league are SKCHF (Sevastopol), TSC (Simferopol) and Zhemchuzhina (Yalta)
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KIEV, November 21. /TASS/. The final decision on the situation around three Crimean football clubs that have joined Russian competitions will be made on December 4, UEFA President Michel Platini said at talks with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

On Wednesday, about 100 football ‘ultras’ assembled in front of the presidential administration building demanding a meeting with the visiting UEFA president to voice protest against the fact that Crimean football clubs will be playing under the auspices of the Russian Football Union.

The press service of the Ukrainian president cited Platini as saying it was important for UEFA not to be pulled into non-football squabbles around the peninsula.

It also cited him as saying a constant dialogue had been established between the president of European football’s ruling body UEFA and the president of the Football Federation of Ukraine, Grigory Surkis.

Three Crimean clubs now playing in Russian league are SKCHF (Sevastopol), TSC (Simferopol) and Zhemchuzhina (Yalta).

A delegation of the Russian Football Union, led by its president Nikolai Tolstykh, took part in a session at the UEFA headquarters on November 17, which discussed the development of football in Crimea and Sevastopol. Details of the meeting are not available as of yet.

The Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol, a city with a special status on the Crimean Peninsula, where most residents are Russians, refused to recognize the legitimacy of authorities brought to power amid riots during a coup in Ukraine in February 2014.

Crimea and Sevastopol adopted declarations of independence on March 11. They held a referendum on March 16, in which 96.77% of Crimeans and 95.6% of Sevastopol voters chose to secede from Ukraine and join the Russian Federation. Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the reunification deals on March 18.

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