Tuesday, 21 May, 2024

Ukraine football league season terminated due to martial law



No Ukrainian Premier League matches have been played in the country since Russia launched its “special military operation” there in February.

Shakhtar Donetsk were top of the league table with 47 points from 18 games, two points ahead of Dynamo Kiyv.
Shakhtar Donetsk were top of the league table with 47 points from 18 games, two points ahead of Dynamo Kiyv. (Reuters Archive)

The Ukrainian Premier League (UPL) season has been terminated and the title will not be awarded due to continuing martial law in the country.

"The football clubs of the Ukrainian Premier League supported the proposal to terminate the 2021/22 season," the UPL said in a statement on Tuesday.

The decision comes as "the championship cannot be completed due to the extension of martial law status in Ukraine," it added.

No matches have been played since Russia launched its offensive in Ukraine in February in what Moscow calls a "special military operation."

The last round of fixtures was played in December before the league went on a three-month winter break.

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Shakhtar Donetsk in lead

"The standings as of February 24, 2022 will be the final standings of the 2021/22 season, with no winners to be awarded," the league said.

"The corresponding decision was submitted for approval by the executive committee of the Ukrainian Association of Football."

Shakhtar Donetsk were top of the league table with 47 points from 18 games, two points ahead of Dynamo Kiyv.

The two teams are followed by Dnipro-1, Zorya, and Vorskla at the top five, with 40, 36, and 33 points respectively.

The top two teams earn qualification for the Champions League.

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