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Football: Crimea's clubs vote for Russia too

The two principal football clubs in Crimea have reportedly decided to join the Russian league next season despite potential administrative problems and disagreements with the players and fans. But with the political upheaval over the Crimea, both FC Sevastopol and SC Tavriya Simferopol have decided not to comment on their futures. "If I say something, I will suffer," one staff member of Simferopol said near the club's training grounds.

Kiev loses out in referendum, but beats Crimea in football match

Kiev may have been left smarting after Crimea voted overwhelmingly to split from Ukraine, but the capital was offered a brief moment of solace when its football team scored victory against the side from the separatist peninsula on Sunday. The symbolic match, held as Crimeans voted to join Russia, was overshadowed by tensions in the splintered ex-Soviet nation, with posters in support of Ukrainian unity and soldiers at the venue.

Football: Ukrainian league result

Ukrainian league result on Wednesday: Dnepropetrovsk 2 Metalist Kharkiv 2 afp

Ukrainian first-division soccer league results

KIEV, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- Following are the Ukrainian first-division soccer league results on Saturday: Uzhgorod bt Tavria Simferopol 2-1 Mariupol tied Metalist Kharkiv 1-1 Played on Friday Metalurg Donetsk bt Vorskla Poltava 4-1 Playing on Sunday Zorya Lugansk vs Dnepropetrovsk Volyn Lutsk vs Zaporozhie

Football: Ukraine squad for play-offs with France

Ukraine's national coach Mikhail Fomenko announced Tuesday his 25-man squad for upcoming 2014 World Cup qualifying play-off matches with France on November 15 at Kiev and November 19 at Paris. Squad Goalkeepers: Andrei Pyatov (Shakhtar Donetsk), Maxim Koval (Dynamo Kiev), Rustam Khudzhamov (Mariupol) Defenders: Vyacheslav Shevchuk, Alexander Kucher, Yaroslav Rakitsky (all Shakhtar Donetsk), Yevgeny Khacheridi (Dynamo Kiev), Vitaly Mandzyuk, Artem Fedetsky (both Dnepropetrovsk)

Football: England will be 'game of our lives' - Fomenko

Ukraine coach Mykhaylo Fomenko said on Monday that his players were preparing for the match of their lives in Tuesday's pivotal World Cup qualifier against England in Kiev. England currently lead European qualifying Group H on goal difference from Montenegro, but victory for Ukraine would take them two points above Roy Hodgson's men at the top of the group with only two games to play. Fomenko has led Ukraine to four straight qualifying victories since taking up his role in December, including away wins over Poland and Ukraine and a 9-0 demolition of San Marino on Friday.

Football: Metalist lose new CAS challenge to ban

Ukraine's Metalist Kharkiv have failed in their second attempt to win a stay of a Champions League ban imposed for match-fixing, the Court of Arbitration for Sport said on Monday. In a statement, the CAS said that it had rejected Metalist's request for "urgent provisional measures" to block the ban, which the Ukrainian club had filed the previous day. "Accordingly, the UEFA decision remains in force," the Swiss-based tribunal said. The legal wrangling has been going back and forth for more than a week.

Football: Metalist challenge UEFA ban at CAS

Disgraced Ukrainian club Metalist Kharkiv have turned to the Court of Arbitration for Sport after being thrown out of this year's Champions League over match-fixing, the Swiss-based tribunal said on Thursday. In a statement, the CAS said that Metalist had filed an urgent request seeking a temporary stay of the decision by European football's governing body UEFA to axe them. In addition, the Ukrainians also asked the court to block UEFA's decision to grant their Champions League berth to Greek club PAOK.

Football: Ukraine's squad for WC2014 qualifier and friendly

Ukraine's national manager Mikhail Fomenko announced Tuesday his 29-man squad to play a friendly with Cameroon on June 2 at Kiev and the 2014 World Cup qualifier with Montenegro on June 7 at Podgorica Squad Goalkeepers: Andrei Pyatov (Shakhtar Donetsk), Maxim Koval (Dynamo Kiev), Rustam Khudzhamov (Mariupol) Defenders: Vyacheslav Shevchuk, Alexander Kucher, Yaroslav Rakitsky (all Shakhtar Donetsk), Yevgeny Khacheridi, Yevgeny Selin (both Dynamo Kiev), Vitaly Mandzyuk, Artem Fedetsky (both Dnepropetrovsk), Bogdan Butko (Mariupol)

Football: Shakhtar claim fourth straight title

Shakhtar Donetsk won their fourth straight Ukraine league title on Sunday despite only drawing 1-1 at Metalist Kharkiv. Metalist were the only team capable of catching Romanian coach Mircea Lucescu's team but needed to win to have any chance of doing so. The result left Shakhtar 15 points clear of second placed Dynamo Kiev, who leapfrogged Metalist on goal difference with a 2-0 over Dnepropetrovsk, with just four games left.
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