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Crimea’s football chiefs to meet with UEFA delegates in September

August 19, 18:20 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The Crimean Football Union has a special status in UEFA
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MOSCOW, August 19. /TASS/. Leaders of the Crimean Football Union (CFU) will hold a routine meeting with delegates from the European Football Associations Union (UEFA) in September, CFU President Yuri Vetokha has told TASS.

The CFU enjoys a special status in UEFA. The organization was formally registered in the middle of July 2015. Crimea’s first championship featuring eight teams was held on August 22 to June 4, 2016. Simferopol’s TSK-Tavria emerged the winner.

Vetokha stressed the meeting with UEFA delegates would be devoted to transfer certificates.

"We would like to ensure that the players enjoy better legal protection. Currently any player can be given a two-week notice without any special compensation to be paid. We’ve now complied with the transfer certificate requirements. It’s up to the FIFA and UEFA to make a decision," he said.

"Slowly but surely we are pressing for better infrastructures. At the moment our sports facilities still leave much to be desired," Vetokha noted. "Two months ago UEFA officials advised us to improve infrastructures and embark on the professional track. There are prerequisites for changes for the better. As for professional experience, both players and coaches from mainland Russia have been drifting our way."

On Monday, Simferopol saw an official lot drawing ceremony for the Crimean Football Union’s second premier league championship for professional teams (2016-2017 season). Eight teams will participate. On opening day, August 20, Bakhchisarai will play Yalta’s Rubin, and Feodosia’s KAFA will take on Kerch’s Okean. Earlier, Vetokha said that the CFU was expecting an UEFA delegation to attend the opening ceremony of the Crimean premier league’s second championship on August 20. That visit has now been canceled.

"UEFA delegates were to visit Crimea, but now it’s clear they will be unable to attend the opening. As the election of the UEFA president draws near, their schedule is very tight. But they will keep an eye on the championship’s opening ceremony and they’ve congratulated us upon the occasion," Vetokha stated. "At the end of September we’ll have a scheduled meeting with UEFA representatives. I’ve had a word with UEFA’s Zoran Lakovic. He apologized that none of the UEFA representatives would be attending the opening of the Crimean championship. He said UEFA and FIFA would hold a special conference on our issue on August 22.".

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