(QHA) - UEFA President Michel Platini has said that it makes no sense for Ukraine and Russia to merge their football championships, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
"At one point we thought about providing assistance to those leagues and national associations that cannot survive because of financial problems," Platini said at a press conference in Moscow on Friday.
As reported earlier, the idea of creating a unified CIS football league was put forward by CEO of Russian gas giant Gazprom Alexei Miller. The strategy of the proposed tournament was announced at a meeting of the Unified Football Championship independent non-profit organization in Moscow on February 18, 2013. The supporters of the tournament think that such a league will benefit Russian and Ukrainian football.
"We're conducting an experiment in women's football, merging the championships of the Netherlands and Belgium. Then the idea of a joint Russian-Ukrainian league emerged. But it does not absolutely meet our principles.
"As the football federations of the two countries rightly said: 'We are big states, and our championships don't need to merge.' Talks of merger can be conducted in relation to small countries. You are autonomous and independent."- Platini claimed.