NYON, Switzerland (AP) – Big-spending Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala has criticized UEFA after the governing body judged the team's Dagestan province home unsafe for Europa League matches.
Anzhi entered UEFA's competition by finishing fifth in the Russian league last season, after signing Samuel Eto'o and Roberto Carlos, and hiring Guus Hiddink as coach.
It must find another Russian stadium to host a second qualifying round match on July 19 against Flamurtari Vlore of Albania or Honved of Hungary.
Anzhi says UEFA's executive committee decision ''contradict(s) the values claimed by UEFA.'' It was reached without talking to the club or visiting ''to verify whether it's possible or not to hold matches in a city.''
An Islamic insurgency in the North Caucasus region means the team trains near Moscow and flies to Makhachkala for home games.