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Anzhi Makhachkala express disappointment at having to play Europa League games away from Dagestan

Updated: Tuesday, 03 Jul 2012 14:47 | Comments

Security issues have been given as the reason Anzhi Makhachkala must play their Europa League home games away from Dagestan
Security issues have been given as the reason Anzhi Makhachkala must play their Europa League home games away from Dagestan

Anzhi Makhachkala have today expressed their disappointment at UEFA's decision to make the club host Europa League games away from Dagestan.

The Russian side has become famous for its lavish spending, which has seen the likes of Samuel Eto'o, Roberto Carlos and Guus Hiddink join the club.

Anzhi will feature in this year's Europa League after finishing fifth in the league, although the UEFA Executive Committee has ruled that the club will not be allowed to play in Dagestan over security issues in the region.

Anzhi today released a statement, with general director Aivaz Kaziakhmedov expressing his frustration.

"On behalf of the football club Anzhi I say that we were deeply sorry to accept the UEFA Executive committee's decision about the impossibility of conducting the Europa League matches with our team's participation in our native city Makhachkala," he told the club's official website.

"It's known that this decision is not connected with the sports aspect of the issue at all. The motives of absolutely different, not depending on us, causes are the foundation of the decision."

The statement continued: "Nevertheless, we, the management of football club Anzhi Makhachkala will do our best to maximally observe the interests of our fans, we don't have right to deprive them of a chance to watch their favourite team play. The work in this direction is already in progress."

Anzhi also published an open letter on its official website aimed at UEFA president Michel Platini in which the club claims "decisions of the UEFA Executive committee contradict to the values claimed by UEFA" and ask for the decision to be reconsidered.

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