Posted: Thursday March 28, 2013 2:21 PM

Platini cool on Russia-Ukraine league plan

Decrease font Decrease font
Enlarge font Enlarge font

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) -UEFA President Michel Platini has declined to back a Russian plan for combining its national league with that of neighboring Ukraine.

Platini says he's "not very much in favor'' of an idea which has been pushed by Russian state-run gas supplier Gazprom, a sponsor of Zenit St. Petersburg and the Champions League.

UEFA has invited consultation on multinational leagues to help revive interest in countries which are struggling to attract fans, broadcasters and sponsors.

Platini tells reporters after a meeting of UEFA's executive committee "that is not the case with Russia - it is very strong.''

The Russian plan suggested expanding the league later to other former Soviet Union republics.

Merging national leagues would complicate how UEFA allocates entries to the Champions League and Europa League among its member countries.

 
SI.com
Hot Topics: NBA Playoffs NHL Playoffs Chris Johnson Jameis Winston NFL Draft Michael Sam Aldon Smith
TM & © 2014 Time Inc. A Time Warner Company. All Rights Reserved.
Terms under which this service is provided to you. Read our privacy guidelines, your California privacy rights, and ad choices.
SI CoverRead All ArticlesBuy Cover Reprint