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UEFA may create league in Crimea - Russia sports minister

Michel Platini is the president of UEFA.

Russia sports minister Vitaly Mutko says UEFA may set up its own directly administered football league in the disputed region of Crimea.

After Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine last year, its existing Ukrainian Premier League clubs were shut down and new teams created to play in the Russian leagues.

After the Ukrainian Football Federation protested, UEFA banned Crimean clubs from playing in the Russian league system, and said it would administer the peninsula as a "special zone," without providing...

 By Ian Holyman

Dinamo Moscow express interest in Marseille's Andre-Pierre Gignac

Andre-Pierre Gignac has helped fire Marseille past reigning French champions PSG in the Ligue 1 table.
Andre-Pierre Gignac's Marseille contract is due to expire at the end of the season.

Andre-Pierre Gignac could join former Marseille teammate Mathieu Valbuena at Dinamo Moscow, according to the Russian club's sporting director.

Valbuena, 30, left the Stade Velodrome last summer at the expiration of his contract to move to Dinamo where he has since prospered.

Gignac, 29, will find himself in the same position in June, and with no new deal from the Ligue 1 club on the table, the ex-Lorient and Toulouse striker -- who has reportedly also attracted interest from Inter Milan -- may be...

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Axel Witsel: I have always liked Manchester United

The ESPN FC team respond to your questions in regards to Manchester United's jumbled formation and Southampton's success in the Premier League and give their predictions for the Super Bowl.
Axel Witsel starred for Belgium at the 2014 World Cup.

Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Axel Witsel has admitted to his admiration for Manchester United.

Witsel, speaking to Bleacher Report, has said he could one day play in the Premier League, but is not currently seeking a move.


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The Belgium international, who signed for Zenit from Benfica in 2012, said: "I have always liked Manchester United from when I was young.

"I want to play in one of the top clubs in Europe one day. It's true that I like the Premier League, because it is one of the best leagues...

By ESPN Staff
Jan 2, 2015

WATCH: Doumbia leaves Bayern in his dust

CSKA striker Seydou Doumbia shows why he could be on his way to the Premier League in the January transfer window.


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All Russian Premier League clubs ask players to take pay cuts as ruble falls

MOSCOW -- Russian Premier League clubs will ask their players to accept pay cuts in response to a sharp fall in the value of the ruble.

All 16 top-flight clubs agreed to ask players to accept revised deals pegged to a fixed exchange rate that is significantly lower than the current rate, according to documents released by the league.

That would effectively mean pay cuts of more than 20 percent for most of the league's senior players.

The ruble has lost almost half of its value against the dollar...