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'Football has died': how Russia's annexation of Crimea divided a club

Tavria fans have been split along political lines since the peninsula’s 2014 invasionWhen Russia won the right to host this year’s World Cup back in 2010, Tavria Simferopol were in Ukraine’s top division. The club’s “ultras” – hardcore fans – sang patriotic Ukrainian songs, and nursed fond memories of Tavria’s biggest triumph: when the club won independent Ukraine’s first ever Premier League title back in 1992.Eight years later, as the World Cup gets under way, there are two teams called Tavria: one still plays in Simferopol, the capital of Russian-annexed...

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Published By: theguardian.com - Monday, 11 June