The referee from the Crimea refused the refereeing of the match for the Supercup of Ukraine

© RIA Novosti / Alexander Wolfparade in photobacteria the ballThe referee from the Crimea refused the refereeing of the match for the Supercup of Ukraine© RIA Novosti / Alexander Wolfparade the image Bank

The referee from Simferopol Anatoliy Zhabchenko refused to judge the match for the super Cup of Ukraine between the Kiev football club «Dynamo» and Donetsk «Shakhtar» reports football24.ua.

Zhabchenko wrote a letter to the referees Committee of the football Federation of Ukraine, which was asked not to put it to a crucial meeting, after which it was replaced by Konstantin Trukhanov. According to the publication, the reason for refusal was «strong pressure exerted by the media on the issue of his so-called dual citizenship», as well as the risks associated with public order.

The game is in the database of the controversial website «Peacemaker» for «deliberate violation of state borders of Ukraine». The arbitrator also has a Russian passport.

The game for the Ukrainian super Cup will be held in Odessa on July 15.

Site «Peacemaker» is known for scandalous publications in which was published the personal data of journalists, volunteers from outside of Kiev DNR and LC and other citizens, called «traitors», and Russian artists who visited the Crimea.

Crimea became a Russian region after held in March 2014 referendum in which 96.77% of voters of the Republic of Crimea and 95.6% of residents of Sevastopol voted for reunification with Russia. The Crimean government held a plebiscite after a coup in Ukraine in February 2014. Kiev still considers the Peninsula its but temporarily occupied territory.

Moscow has repeatedly stated that the Crimean people in a democratic way, in full compliance with international law and the UN Charter voted for joining the Peninsula to Russia. According to the President of Russia Vladimir Putin, the Crimea issue «is closed permanently.»

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