FC Moscow pulls out of Russian league

FC Moscow has pulled out of the Russian league a month before

the start of the season because of financial problems and lack of

sponsorship.

The club is owned by Russian metals giant Norilsk Nickel and run

by a subsidiary, Sports Projects. The subsidiary said Friday that

it could not justify investing in Moscow.

There was no immediate reaction from the Professional Football

League, which runs the Russian top flight. The club exceeded

expectations last season, losing out on a top-three finish in the

last few games.

The Russian league season runs from mid-March through the

summer.