After the annexation of Crimea and war on Donbass, UEFA separates the Ukrainian and Russian football clubs. In 2008, Russia occupied 20% of territory of Georgia. But the clubs in both countries continue officially to play against each other.
The Union of European football associations (UEFA) will not dilute the Russian and Georgian teams at the draw in the qualifying rounds and the group stages of the Champions League and the Europa League. This is stated in the statement of the press service of UEFA.
“According to the decision of the UEFA Executive Committee from 2014, teams from Georgia and Russia can once again play a match against each other. The change of this decision is not planned”, – said in a statement.
22 June in the 19th round of the championship of Georgia players clubs “torpedo” (Kutaisi), “Lokomotiv” (Tbilisi) and “Rustavi” was released at the pre-match training shirts, that Russia occupied part of Georgian territory. They were joined by players Poltava “Vorskla”.
Why was held in Georgia the anti-Russian protests?
Georgians are outraged by the behavior of the Deputy of the state Duma from the Communist party of Sergei Gavrilov, who on 20 June took the place of the speaker of the Georgian Parliament opened the session of the Interparliamentary Assembly of Orthodoxy in the Russian language.
First, the protesters demanded from the Russians an apology, but later began to insist on the resignation of the head of the Parliament, Irakli Kobakhidze( he complied), interior Minister Georgi Gajaria and the head of security of Georgia Vakhtang gomelauri.
During collisions of protesters with police injured around 240 people, among them journalists and 80 law enforcement officers.
Note that Georgia has with Russia is a long – standing conflict regarding the territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
In the next season of the Champions League against Russia will play the St. Petersburg “Zenith” and Moscow “locomotive”, which made it to the group stage, and “Krasnodar”, which will start the tournament with the third qualifying round. Georgia in the most prestigious European Cup tournament will be “total” (first qualifying round). In season 2019/20 League of Europe from Russia will perform CSKA Moscow (group stage) and “Spartak” (third qualifying round) as well as the Tula Arsenal (second qualifying round). Georgia in the European League would represent a “torpedo” (Kutaisi), “Dynamo” (Tbilisi) and “Cauri”, all three teams will start the tournament from the first qualifying round.
How often UEFA separates clubs from different countries?
UEFA bred not only clubs from Ukraine and Russia. So, against each other don’t play teams from Azerbaijan and Armenia over the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. Because of this, the midfielder London “Arsenal” Armenian Henrikh Mkhitaryan has played in the Europa League final in the capital of Azerbaijan Baku.
Together can not play teams from Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina versus clubs from Kosovo due to territorial disputes. At the same time Ukraine also has not recognized the independence of Kosovo, but Kosovo and the Ukrainian clubs are not bred in the draw. Although the national team of Ukraine against Kosovo’s played on neutral territory.
Also UEFA separates clubs from Spain and Gibraltar.
However, this rule has no effect in the final stage, where the clubs can play against each other.