Belogorie Belgorod and Dinamo Moscow refused to play matches in Turkey
ANKARA – The European Volleyball Confederation (CEV) has disqualified Russian clubs Belogorie Belgorod and Dinamo Moscow since the teams refused to play their Champions League matches in Turkey, federation officials told Anadolu Agency on Friday.
The Russian clubs had announced on Nov. 30 that they cancelled fixtures in the men’s Champions League, against Arkas Spor Izmir and Ziraat Bankasi Ankara respectively.
The Russian clubs’ decision came after the downing of a SU-24 bomber on Nov. 24 which violated the Turkish airspace.
The matches were scheduled to be played in early December.
CEV ordered that the Turkish teams win the matches by default.
Arkas Spor thus raise their point total to eight in Group A and climb to the second spot. Meanwhile, Ziraat Bankasi become leaders of Group B with nine points.