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Russian sports minister: UEFA sanctions are 'excessive punishment'


MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Tuesday sanctions on the Russian Football Union imposed by UEFA were excessive, R-Sport news agency reported.

"The punishment is excessive, but we cannot influence it. The fine is enormous as the Russian Football Union is a non-commercial organization. There is no sense in appealing," R-Sport quoted Mutko as saying.

(Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Writing by Jack Stubbs)