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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Soccer Club Refuses to Play in Nalchik

Kuban Krasnodar refused to travel to the North Caucasus for its match against first division rivals Spartak Nalchik on Monday.

Kuban, relegated from the premier league last year, is in sixth place in the 22-team first division with 69 points in 37 matches. Fourth-placed Nalchik has 73 with a game in hand.

Kuban cited security reasons for its decision against traveling to Nalchik, where scores of militants carried out a raid last Thursday.

Despite the assurances from both Russia's Professional Football League and Nalchik authorities, Kuban stood firm on its decision.

"Despite the official assurances of safety in the region, the situation in the city of Nalchik remains dangerous," the club from Krasnodar, located just 200 kilometers west of Nalchik, said in a statement.

"Nalchik authorities have asked the locals not to go out after 7 p.m., and the city is being heavily guarded. In such circumstances, we feel that it is impossible to play the match," it said.

Last week, the PFL was forced to cancel Nalchik's league game against Anji Makhachkala for the same reason.