FFU against destruction of integrity in system of holding competitions in European and world football
The Football Federation of Ukraine (FFU) has not received any official requests from the organizers of a unified CIS league and is against the destruction of the integrity in the system of holding competitions in European and world football.
"The FFU has not received any official statements, requests, letters and invitations from the organizers of the so-called 'unified league' [involving, in particular, professional football clubs from Russia and Ukraine]. According to Article 18 of the FIFA Statutes, leagues or any other groups affiliated to a member of FIFA (the FFU is a FIFA member) shall be subordinate to and recognized by that member. The FFU Charter, according to this article, sets out the rights and obligations of leagues and clubs. This means that without explicit permission, as defined in Article 8 of the FFU Charter, the creation of leagues or other groups of clubs is impossible," the federation's press service said in a statement on Wednesday.
"I believe that any actions aimed at creating, without our explicit permission or the permission of FIFA or UEFA, any leagues or other groups of clubs, is an unprecedented violation of the provisions and requirements of the statutes of FIFA, UEFA and FFU and will be considered in the context of the application of disciplinary measures. The FFU is against the destruction of the pyramid of world football and integrity in the system of holding competitions," the press service quoted FFU President Anatoliy Konkov as saying.
The statement also notes that according to Part 2, Article 51 of the UEFA Statutes, a member association, or its affiliated leagues and clubs, may neither play nor organize matches outside its own territory without the permission of the relevant member associations.