FIFA delegation not to discuss Crimean clubs in Kyiv - FFU
The aim of the FIFA delegation's visit to Kyiv is not the discussion of the situation around Crimean football clubs, which the Football Federation of Ukraine (FFU) considers to be an integral part of the Ukrainian football.
"The FIFA delegation has arrived in Kyiv for a meeting with the leadership of the Football Federation of Ukraine exclusively within the framework of the Performance program, as part of which we met a year ago with the same representatives of FIFA. There can be no negotiations on Crimean clubs. The Crimean clubs are part of the Ukrainian football and part of the FFU. The position of the Ukrainian federation concerning the Crimean clubs has been clear, unambiguous and unchangeable," head of the FFU information department Pavlo Ternovy told Interfax-Ukraine on Monday.
He stressed that the talks with representatives of FIFA or UEFA on this matter can occur only if such negotiations are initiated by a FIFA or UEFA structure. "There can be no other initiatives, no other possible negotiations," he said.
On August 11, Ukrainian media reported that a FIFA official delegation arrived in Ukraine and that the delegates were scheduled to meet with leaders of the Ukrainian Football Federation. Media reports said that the delegates were to focus on the future fate of the Crimean clubs, which the Russian Football Union included into its composition without any authorization.