During the 2018 World Cup finals, fan zones will not operate in the occupied Crimea, according to local media reports.
Crimean collaborators were considering the opening of two large fan zones in Simferopol and Sevastopol, as well as smaller sites in Yalta, Yevpatoria and several other large cities.
Subsequently, the head of the Crimean Football Union reported that the issue of creating fan zones on the peninsula is scheduled to be discussed with FIFA representatives and Ministry of Sport of Russia on December 1 in Moscow, behind the scenes of drawing during the final part of the tournament. However, the decisions on this issue are still absent.
“This question is not resolved yet. We will work on it, but it will be very difficult. It is unlikely, due to the great number of requirements (to the creation of a fan zone). First of all, to show matches publicly, one needs to buy a license from FIFA, which is very expensive. And FIFA does not regard us as a member yet. The Crimea has some particular status in UEFA [Union of European Football Associations - ed.], but it doesn’t in FIFA, unfortunately,” the head of "Crimean Football Union" stated.
Reportedly, promotions for the championship will bypass the occupied peninsula as well.
Earlier, it was reported that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) intends to start the doping tests of Russian football players from mid-January and thus check the statements of informer Grigory Rodchenkov. He argued that football players were involved in the state system of doping in Russia.