Champions League: “UEFA” forces Sheriff Tiraspol to play outside Transdniestria

Paris: The European Football Association (Wifa) asked Moldovan Sheriff Tiraspol, who stunned Real Madrid last season by knocking them down in their stronghold during the Champions League group stage, to look for another “home” stadium away from the breakaway region of Paris. Transnistria. “In light of the large-scale military escalation resulting from the invasion of Ukrainian territory by the Russian army, the UEFA Executive Committee has today decided not to hold any of the UEFA competitions in the Transdniestria region, in Moldova, until further notice, “The Confederation said in a note Friday. Sherev is the capital of a pro-Russian separatist region of 470,000 people located between southern Ukraine and Moldova, which declared its independence from the rest of Moldova after a brief civil war following the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. From then, Russian soldiers protected Transdniestria, which is in fact independent even if it is not recognized by any country in the world. Atletico, and in order to join the European Football Association (UEFA), the city of Tiraspol, with a population of 100,000, competes in the Moldovan League. A competition that the sheriff has won 19 times since 2001. Having reached the group stage of the Champions League last season for the first time in its history and getting a resounding surprise by dropping Real Madrid in its stronghold 2-1, the sheriff begins his career in the next edition of the continental competition starting from the first preliminary round in which he meets the Bosnian Zreinski Mostar on 6 July, round trip and 13th round. The sheriff will now have to find another venue to play the second leg, according to the UEFA statement, in which states: “Sheriff Tiraspol has been invited to propose an alternative venue / stadium outside Transdniestria for his home games in UEFA competitions for clubprovided the sheriff remains in the ban on playing in thearea”. (AFP)