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Russian football hit by crisis

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Russian football is being hit hard by the crisis in Ukraine and the depreciation of the rouble.   The fall in the world oil price and associated gas prices is also a concern as the economy is highly reliant on these revenues.

Many teams are owned by regional governments or state-controlled companies.   At least five clubs are thought to be in serious financial difficulties.   Many players are paid in euros so they are protected against the fall in the rouble, but some have not been paid.