ZURICH, February 24. /TASS/. The development of the Crimean Football Union (CFU) will benefit in case UEFA Secretary General Gianni Infantino wins in the FIFA presidential election on Friday, CFU President Yury Vetokha told TASS on Wednesday.
FIFA convenes in Switzerland’s Zurich on February 26 for its extraordinary Congress with the main aim of electing the organization’s new president.
"Infantino is more familiar with problems of the Crimean football than the rest [of the candidates], as we [CFU] worked closer with UEFA," Vetokha said in an interview with TASS. "
The five currently running candidates for the post of the FIFA presidency are: South Africa’s ex-Minister of Housing Construction Tokyo Sexwale, UEFA Secretary General Gianni Infantino, FIFA Vice President and Jordanian Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, former-FIFA Secretary General Jerome Champagne and President of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa.
"Moreover, we [CFU] are unanimous with the Russian Football Union, which supports Infantino," Vetokha said.
Vitaly Mutko, the Russian sports minister and the president of the Russian Football Union (RFU), announced earlier in the month that the RFU would back Infantino’s candidacy at the February 26 election.
Speaking about CFU’s further development, Vetokha said "it is important for us at the current stage to be granted some sort of an official status."
"Yes, we have been recognized, however, we have not received a single document confirming it," Vetokha added.
The CFU enjoys a special status within UEFA. The union held over the last summer and autumn the first part of its premier league. A total of eight teams from eight Crimean cities participated in the championship having played 56 matches in 14 rounds.