Crimea soccer fans deeply loyal to their teams despite tensions between Ukraine, Russia

January 6, 2015 2:30 PM

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Crimea soccer fans deeply loyal to their teams despite tensions between Ukraine, Russia

In this photo taken on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, soccer fans of the team of "Druzhba" (Friendship) from Petrovka village support their team during a match at "Yunost" (Youth) stadium in Krasnogvardeiskoye, about 68 km., 42 miles north of Simferopol, Crimea. Crimea’s soccer fans, especially the tough and boisterous young men who frequent games, are as devoted as ever, even as political tensions cloud the region’s teams. In the wake of Russia’s annexation of the Black Sea peninsula from Ukraine, the European soccer federation UEFA in December banned Crimean soccer clubs from playing in Russian leagues. Ukraine says Russia effectively stole three teams. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko) (The Associated Press)

In this photo taken on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, soccer fans of the team of "Druzhba" (Friendship) from Petrovka village support their team during a match at "Yunost" (Youth) stadium in Krasnogvardeiskoye, about 68 km. , 42 miles north of Simferopol, Crimea. Crimea’s soccer fans, especially the tough...

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