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Russians help Zenit's final plans

Zenit St Petersburg celebrate beating Bayern Munich
Zenit St Petersburg beat Bayern Munich in the semi-finals

Zenit St Petersburg will not play another game until the Uefa Cup final after the Russian Football Federation cleared their fixtures.

And Rangers chief executive Martin Bain has complained that the Scottish Premier League has not given similar help to Zenit's opponents on 14 May.

"The SPL should take a long hard look at what other federations do, given the enormity of the situation," he said.

"And what reaching a European final has done for the coefficient and country."

Zenit were due to play Lokomotiv Moscow at home on 7 May and Luch Energia in the Russian Far-eastern city of Vladivostok on 11 May.

But the national association says Dick Advocaat's side can play those in June.

Rangers, in contrast, now face playing eight games in 21 days.

They will host Dundee United at home four days before facing Zenit.

The Scottish season has been badly hit by match postponements this season.

And, although the SPL has delayed the end of the season by four days, Rangers are angry that they are still being required to play four games within eight days.


see also
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Smith revels in Rangers progress
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Walter's way works for Rangers
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Rangers can be legends
02 May 08 |  Rangers


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