Crimean clubs crossing, Bayern banner ban


We’ve been trailing the Ukraine-Russia Joint League plans, which was due to commence early next year, since they were first mooted in 2012.  Political will, met commercial money, and a football desire to put the merger of two large national leagues into the schedule.

Needless to say, these plans are off the agenda, although it’s easy to look back now and see why the political will was so forthcoming.  Note to Westminster, if you want to indulge in a bit of togetherness, put your shoulder behind building a relevant nationwide sporting infrastructure.

Instead of a Joint League, what the football authorities in Russia, Ukraine and Zurich are left with is a bit of a mess.  Crimean clubs, Sevastopli and Tavriya are midway through a season in the Ukrainian Premier League.  Russian minister for Sport, Vitaly Mutko, said, “From the beginning of next season Sevastopol and Tavria wiil join the Russian Premier League”, which will expand to accommodate them.

He told Russian media he had received assurances from Fifa that they would accommodate the change, adding, “We want a friendly relationship with Ukraine and do not want to disrupt their current championship.  When the season finishes in May we will be back in discussions to formulate the way forward.”

The Russian media report that Ukrainian FA are less interested in maintaining friendly relations with their eastern neighbours and have written to Fifa and Uefa asking them to ban Russian football if they take clubs from the Ukrainian FA without permission.  This claim has not been mentioned in the Ukrainian press, or on the Ukraine FA website – despite this being cited as the source in Russia, so it cannot be verified.

Clubs moving between national associations is a common occurrence, happening every year somewhere in the world, but I’m unaware of it happening without the approval of both FAs.  Notwithstanding that, there is zero chance Uefa or Fifa will block this transfer.  Two member clubs are in a problematic situation, they have a league which wants to take them. Uefa will approve.

Conspiracy theorists everywhere were confounded this morning when one of Europe’s most connected clubs, Bayern Munich, were issued with a partial stadium closure for their home Champions League quarter final against Manchester United, after fans displayed an offensive banner against Arsenal in the last round.  Homophobia was their offence of choice.

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  1. Billy Bhoy 05 on




    Thank you for your very considered response, each point made i will give my full attention to and get back to you.



    Thank you

  2. bjmac






    Hope it’s nothing serious big man!



    Get well soon!



    I’ll get the wee one to facebook you, or whatever it’s called.



    Take care.

  3. NatKnow - Supporting Wee Oscar on





    15:54 on 24 March, 2014




    Good afternoon CQN



    I’m in my sick bed and recovering slowly. Thought I’d make a rare appearance and see what’s happening in the world of CQN, delighted to see the accusations of bullying and petty arguments continue….how I miss it ;)



    Anyway, here if anyone wants to start an argument I’m up for it and have plenty time;)










    I’m afraid you’ve come to the wrong room. If it’s an argument you want, you’ll need to go to room 12a.

  4. Natknow



    The panelbase polls were paid for by the SNP. In September 2013 they actually polled Yes as being in the lead. If they have any credibility they show a distinct trend towards a No vote.

  5. John O Neil and Ernie gie’s peace this is a Celtic blog. You are of course entitled to post what you want but you are boring the pants of this poster,anybody else agree. Why don’t you two meet up or phone or message each other and discuss till the cows come. Hail Hail Hebcelt

  6. hebcelt



    16:11 on 24 March, 2014




    So shall we just talk about black pudding then?

  7. On the week that we can win the league why are we talking about the referendum? Bored with it.

  8. MWD ;) not like you….to be funny;) what’s up? X



    Danny – big words to have to eat, my friend. Chew slowly….

  9. NatKnow – Supporting Wee Oscar


    16:05 on


    24 March, 2014



    I’m afraid you’ve come to the wrong room. If it’s an argument you want, you’ll need to go to room 12a.




    No it isn’t !

  10. Philbhoy



    ;) hope you’re well big man! You back hitting a ball yet?







  11. MWD, the Danny I was referring to was Goldstar, but you should chew slowly and not as often as well;) x hahaha

  12. if Scotland gains independence maybe Elizabeth the Rich should be offered the salary of the loyal Ibrox pie eater to be our head of state as compensation. Then when she dies none of her weans get anything from us.

  13. Ernie if you want to talk about black pudding no prob, lets just do it between you and me privately that way we will not bore everyone else.Hail Hail Hebcelt

  14. Gold Coast Tom.Thoughts are with you and your family during this time of sadness.


    Rest in peace Gerry

  15. Neustadt-Braw on

    BJMac…………..I would put the Desiree potato up for the best all round potato.Though a Pentland Javelin would run it close …..what variety would you argue the case for …



    braw ……..and Gute Besserung….

  16. Hamiltontim is praying for Oscar on




    If you’re sick you won’t be needing your ticket for Firhill then will ye ol pal?! :-)

  17. Alasdair MacLean on

    John O Neil and Ernie,



    So you don’t feel discouraged, I’ve enjoyed your posts and others of a political nature the most on here today.



    If all I could read about was the procession to the title by Celtic I don’t I’d be logging on so much.



    The scroll-by option is open to all.



    Now,what I’m left wondering is…………



    Is England a region of the United Kingdom?

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  19. bjmac






    Was at the range yesterday.



    50 balls and no reaction so far.



    I took Olivia with me as my “spotter” as I’m half blun!



    She said I hit it far and straight.




  20. So did the man from mordor make his


    ‘announcement’ yesterday or wat?




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