Chairman of the Kharkiv Regional State Administration Ihor Rainin said that Metalist president Serhii Kurchenko tried to use the club to finance separatism in Ukraine.
"For Kharkiv, Metalist is more than a football club. And we have done everything possible to get its games back in the city. I very much hope that football will return to Kharkiv on permanent basis. We all know that Metalist currently has a big problem with financing, as the owner of the club Serhii Kurchenko does not deal with it. He once tried to use the football club as a platform to bring money in from Russia. And we had information when Metalist received some funding eight months ago that this money just went to stirring up separatist movements," Rainin said.
"The main thing now is to find someone who is willing to take the club and maintain it. We are also dealing with this difficult issue," he concluded.
The Kharkiv club is now facing a financial crisis - the players have not been paid since fall. As a result, a number of players went on strike. However, the club did not provide any concessions. Now the "base" team is comprised of football players who signed a contract with Metalist in January and whose salary is allegedly paid.