Miller: Ukrainian, Russian clubs could form basis of CIS football championship
Ukrainian and Russian clubs will form the basis of the CIS football championship, Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller told Interfax in Istanbul on Monday.
When asked how many countries can participate in this championship, Miller said: "If all CIS countries participate in the championship, it will be just fine. Real practical work will soon give an answer to this question. But we can say for certain that Ukrainian and Russian clubs will form the backbone of this championship."
Last Friday, the chief of the Russian presidential administration, Sergei Ivanov, said he supported the project on the creation of the CIS football championship, and added that clubs from a number of CIS countries could play in such a championship.
"Such a championship, with best teams from three, four or five CIS countries, would be more exciting and interesting," Ivanov said.
He said that the initiative to hold such a championship comes from Ukrainian and Russian clubs.
"I know that leading Ukrainian clubs Dynamo Kyiv, Shakhtar, Dnipro and Kharkiv Metalist are interested in playing in a stronger league," Ivanov said.