11:13 18.11.2013

Dnipro believes Arsenal Kyiv should be excluded from Ukrainian Premier League

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FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk believes that Arsenal Kyiv should be excluded from the Ukrainian Premier League of the 2013/2014 season.

"Today [on November 16] a report was made in the media that FC Dnipro is allegedly ready to play the match of the 16th round of the Ukrainian Premier League against Arsenal Kyiv. In this regard, FC Dnipro officially declares that it doesn't intend to violate the rules of the competition among the Premier League clubs, according to which FC Arsenal should be automatically excluded from participation in the competition because of its repeated failure to appear for the games of the Ukrainian championship," reads a statement posted on the club's official Web site on Saturday.

Media reports said on November 15 that the owners of the Ukrainian Premier League clubs had supported the proposal of FC Shakhtar Donetsk President Rinat Akhmetov to financially support FC Arsenal Kyiv so that it could continue playing in this season's Ukrainian Premier League. According to Vesti, the violation of the regulations, according to which Arsenal should be removed from the competition for failing to play the matches of the national championship, will also be resolved. In particular, Dnipro agreed to replay the match of the 16th round at another time.

"Arsenal's owner has three days to decide whether they want to play in the national championship or not," Akhmetov said after a meeting of the presidents of clubs, which took place at the Olympiysky National Sports Complex on Friday.

"The clubs agreed to give money so that the team could finish the season in the same composition as it started. Now it's up to the Kyiv club to decide."

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