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UEFA To Keep Russian, Ukrainian Clubs Apart For Europa League Semifinals

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 04 / 24 / 15

The Europa League "could culminate in a toxic final" pitting a Ukrainian side against Russia's Zenit St. Petersburg despite UEFA's attempts to keep them apart, according to Mike Keegan of the London DAILY MAIL. European football's governing body "ensured clubs from the two nations have not played ea...

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