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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Blatter Admits Error at CIS Cup

FIFA chief Sepp Blatter was all smiles Sunday at the CIS Cup, only a day after an embarrassing retreat on the soccer world body’s plans for a new transfer system.

A new system is needed after the European Union said the current system violates its anti-monopoly regulations on the free movement of workers among member countries.

FIFA’s proposals had been greeted with outrage by UEFA, the European soccer body, which said they caved in too much to EU demands and endangered the future of European clubs by giving players too much power.

Under FIFA’s proposals, players could leave clubs on three months’ notice and break contracts if they are unhappy at being benched, disagree with the coach’s tactics or the club’s policies or if the club is relegated.

"OK, we made an error, but was it worth such an error to have a fight in the family?" Blatter said at a news conference at the Olimpiisky Sports Complex.

"You can not always win [in soccer]," said Blatter. "Sometimes you have to accommodate with a draw."

Blatter insisted that UEFA was in agreement with much of FIFA’s plan and that a new plan would be worked out soon, before he went on to watch Dynamo Kiev take on Skonto Riga in a cup match.

The CIS Cup, which pits all the former Soviet republics and the Russian youth team in a 16-team knockout tournament, is in its ninth year. The score in titles so far is Spartak 5, Dynamo Kiev 3, and Spartak will again be the favorite with Dynamo bringing a weakened team — although they do have Kakha Kaladze, the Georgian midfielder whom AC Milan is reportedly keen to buy as a teammate for Andriy Shevchenko.

The cup splits the teams into four groups, with Spartak the seed in Group A, and Dynamo the Group B top dog.

Groups C and D, which contain the weaker teams, are merely playing for promotion to the top groups in 2002.

The top two teams of A and B go through to the semifinals, to be held on Wednesday and Friday, with the final set for 2 p.m. Sunday at the Olimpiisky Sports Complex.