Veronica Stolbunova. All matches 1/16 Cup-finals of Russia will take place on 25 September, reported RIA Novosti Director of communications of the Russian football Union (RFU) Kirill Melnikov.
Earlier it was reported that the first game of the 1/16 finals scheduled for 25 or September 25.
“Of course we are interested in Russian clubs had the opportunity to better prepare for the Champions League. RFU and RPL are always ready to go to a meeting, including when the clubs shall agree upon and approve the calendar for the season. As we understand it, now they (the clubs “Zenit” and “Yenisei” – note ed.) are unable to agree on a compromise date of games in the championship and Cup of Russia,” Melnikov told RIA Novosti.
“In addition, the RFU believes that all participants of the Cup should be equal in sporting terms. Therefore, in accordance with the regulations, we decided that the game of the 1/16 of Cup of Russia will take place in a single day – September 25”, he added.