Ultras (fans) of Simferopol FC Tavria appealed to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Ukrainian Ministry of Youth and Sport Dmitry Bulatov and other officials, among them Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Jemilev and head of Mejlis Refat Chubarov, to relocate the FC to mainland Ukraine.
The appeal was published on hromadske.tv.
“Following Crimean annexation Crimea’s leading FC is at the vanishing point. The leadership and club’s owners are standing aloof from their duties, so the football players do not get salaries. There is no information about the club’s future” –reads the letter.
“The players are not protected, there is no air communication, it is hard to perform financial operation. Many of Crimea residents had to leave the region, many of them are Tavria’s fans”- it adds. “Ultras of FC Tavria have always been Ukrainian patriots”.
As we earlier reported, Crimea-based PFC Sevastopol and FC Tavria have been cut from this season's Ukrainian Premier League following the annexation of the peninsula by Russia, the football federation said.
Russia annexed Crimea in March, following the Crimean referendum on the region’s status.