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Russia’s Crimea extends visit invitation to new UEFA chief

September 15, 15:54 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The president of the Crimean Football Union would like the visit to take place in late September or early October
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UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin

UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin

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MOSCOW, September 15. /TASS/. Slovenia’s Alexander Ceferin, a newly appointed president of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), has been invited to pay an official visit to Russia’s Crimea to see the development of football in the country’s southern resort region, a local football official told TASS on Thursday.

"We have sent a statement to Ceferin today congratulating him with the victory in the elections," Yury Vetokha, the president of the Crimean Football Union (CFU), said in an interview with TASS.

"We will discuss the issue of his visit next week, but we are waiting for him to visit us as soon as possible or we will set off visiting him," Vetokha said. "We are waiting for Ceferin to visit one of the rounds of the Crimean tournament - possibly in late September or early October, and show him how everything is managed here."

Vetokha also said that the new UEFA president "would hear us and will help the development of football in the region."

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.

Ceferin, 48, was elected on Wednesday the new president of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA).He won the election at an extraordinary UEFA congress in Athens having received 42 votes, while his only rival, UEFA vice president Michael van Praag, secured 13 votes.

The Slovenian football official succeeds Frenchman Michel Platini, who resigned earlier in the year after being suspended from all football related activities for four years. The new UEFA president was elected for the term of two and a half years until the next regular congress of the European governing body of football.

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