UEFA: No disciplinary case for Russia yet despite Crimea games

Three Crimean clubs played Russian Cup qualifying round matches without UEFA authority.

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NYON, Switzerland —

UEFA says no disciplinary case is open against the Russian Football Union despite three Crimean clubs playing Russian Cup qualifying round matches without authority.

Ukraine’s football federation urged UEFA and FIFA to act after the matches were played on Tuesday.

UEFA says in a statement on Wednesday: ”We are in contact with both associations but have no further comments to make at this stage.”

Tavria Simferopol lost 2-0 at home to fellow Crimean club SKChF Sevastopol. Zhemchuzhina Yalta also lost 2-0, to visiting Sochi.

The clubs are in political stalemate after leaving Ukraine’s league between seasons without UEFA’s permission to join Russian competitions.

Still, the RFU has announced all three clubs will enter its third-tier league.

UEFA rules bar ”alliances” involving clubs from different associations, and FIFA prohibits government interference in football.