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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“After the game I asked a policeman the way to the station and he just pointed ahead…walked on to find myself in Porto Bus area…walked back – asked another Policeman and he pointed other way”.

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  1. HT



    I couldn’t make it anyway, so didn’t have one – if you’re struggling I could text Kevin.




  2. Hamiltontim is praying for Oscar on




    I’m sorted but the bus is very short and when Franny’s no got tickets then ye know things are tough! :-)

  3. Gold Coast Tom.



    Sorry to hear of the death of your dear brother Gerard. My thoughts and prayers are with you and all of your loved ones. Will remember all of you at Mass this evening.

  4. Neustadt-Braw on

    “look at them,,,,eating me out of house and home…..out to the fields the lot of yeas !”



    braw …..

  5. bhoylo83



    16:41 on 24 March, 2014


    So did the man from mordor make his


    ‘announcement’ yesterday or wat?






    He never said a word.

  6. There was an article ( I think in the Scotsman) stating that the SNP were being economical with the truth regarding Scottish students having to pay for a university education if independence came about.



    If true ,It is a compelling arguement for voting NO?




  7. HT



    There were tickets being sold for the main stand today, loads of tweets regarding it, I assume they’re gone now.



    MWD ;) ditto, but at least we’re aware of it;) lots are sicker and totally oblivious to the fact ;)

  8. Good afternoon all



    What a brilliant day it’s been.



    doc or crc



    Are either of you lurking?



    Weefra HH supporting Wee Oscar.

  9. Hamiltontim is praying for Oscar on




    Think the Thistle fans are allocated that though! Never mind, I’m sorted :-)



    Hope you’re well apart from being sick!!

  10. traditionalist88 on




    Some Celtic fans have been picking up tickets for the Thistle end already, if Aberdeen don’t win tomorrow I believe the Thistle end will quickly sell out too:)




  11. ger57



    Did you know, ger, that Protestant zealots in England killed more Catholics during the Reformation than the Inquisition killed ‘heretics’. Nothing to boast about, I know.

  12. bournesouprecipe on

    O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?



    Deny thy father and refuse thy name;



    Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love,



    And I’ll no longer be a Capulet.

  13. How come all you United Regions get to play international football. You know football between nations.


    I reckon the Catalan region or the Bavarian region might give you a game. Maybe even the Texan region could get in on the act.


    Football assocciations. Dont you just love them

  14. GCT, condolences for the loss of your brother, a sad time for all your family. YNWA.




    BMCUW, I’ll be at the hootenanny, looking forward to your company and all cqners. HH

  15. Tiny Tim 12.29



    i am sorry to say I agree with your contact 100% on the potential of a move to England at the present.my reasons being:-


    1)They do not want or need us in the EPL as has been commented on


    2)The Epl feeder league is now rich enough to knock us back of their own right.


    3) moves to England were first countenanced by the now dead club as there was no competition up here(no one else was cheating!) during their questionable run of titles


    4)Why would the EPL want all the trouble of handling the ‘deadoldfirm’and the years of litigation this may bring from handling their unhappy members.I do not think they would take us without associating us with them.



    We are a Scottish club and i feel these notions of leaving takes no account whatsoever of our clubs history and heritage within the world game.I am happy that Celtic as other posters have pointed out (Barcabhoy) that Celtic are mindful of the welfare of Scottish football. I hope with the expertise we have at Celtic we are planning for the future accordingly and obviously for our clubs betterment.


    Now to ease your disappointment my thinking would like to see a pulling of the strands of the UEFA tournaments in midweek,I feel this is more of a possibility and has more of a chance of evolving than forlornly looking to England all the time.



    hope your well


    Always in Celtic


    An T

  16. jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/



    17:03 on 24 March, 2014



    …….. …….. …… :¬)))


    …. …. …….. …… ….


    ……… …. ….. …..?


    …… ……….. .. …. …… …..


    .. ….. …… …….!


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  17. bournesouprecipe on

    Southend United v Oxford United – Skys Sports 1



    *Nothing tops Brechin CSC*

  18. bournesouprecipe on




    Shouted thy name, bj bj he said….. whilst you high fiveth your Bruv at HT in CP,



    Alas, ye were so tightly clad banishing the cold west wind in the Northeth stand


    he failed to heareth.



    Or else twas but a rubber Eareth ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

  19. Tinytim



    My girlfriend always liked ur moniker so when we were asked to pick a horse for a night at the races last week she decided to call it ‘Tinytim’



    Anyway it came last…




  20. the exiled tim



    17:23 on 24 March, 2014


    I tried to talk football earlier to no avail…….



    I reckon any of our back five could play for either of Barca or Real.








    I agree.

  21. leftclicktic We are all Neil Lennon on



    Get well soon.


    Some folk are to busy argueing to see all the gifts around them:))


    Now a wee arguement now and again that I’m never going to win with she who has to be obeyed should ensure that I remember that :))))





    Thank you for making me smile