The European Football Association (UEFA) asked the Moldovan Sherif Tiraspol, who stunned Real Madrid last season by dropping it in his stronghold during the group stage of the Champions League, to look for another “home” stadium away from the breakaway region of Transdniestria.
The Confederation said in a statement on Friday: “In light of the large-scale military escalation caused by the events on Ukrainian territory by the Russian army, the UEFA Executive Committee decided on Friday not to hold any of the UEFA competitions in the Transdniestria region, in Moldova, until further notice.”
Sheriff is the capital of a pro-Russian separatist region of 470,000 people located between southern Ukraine and Moldova.
Since that time, the territory of Transdniestria has been protected by Russian soldiers, which is de facto independent, although not recognized by any country in the world.
Athletic, and in order to be able 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 Sheriff has won 19 times since 2001.
After he reached the group stage of the Champions League last season for the first time in its history and achieved a resounding surprise by dropping Real Madrid in its stronghold 2-1, Sheriff begins his career in the next edition of the continental competition starting from the first preliminary round, in which he meets Bosnian Zrinski Mostar on July 6, back and 13 back from him.
Sheriff will now have to find another venue to play the return leg, UEFA said in a statement, saying: “Sherif Tiraspol has been invited to propose an alternative venue/stadium outside Transdniestria for his home matches in UEFA club competitions as long as the ban on playing in the area remains in effect.