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Russian sports minister: UEFA sanctions are "excessive punishment" - R-Sport

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko reacts during an interview in Moscow, Russia, May 24, 2016. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin/File Photo
Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko reacts during an interview in Moscow, Russia, May 24, 2016. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin/File Photo

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 organisation. There is no sense in appealing," R-Sport quoted Mutko as saying.

(Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Writing by Jack Stubbs)

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