Club’s in Russia’s top-flight have been banned from signing Turkish players in the forthcoming January transfer window.
The news comes in the wake of a Russian war-plane being shot down by Turkish forces as it flew close to the border separating Syria and Turkey last week, killing one of the pilots.
And Russia’s Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko told R-Sport news agency: “If anyone wants [to sign a Turkish player] during the break, there will not be such a possibility.
But Mutko did stipulate that the tough sanctions will not affect Turkish players currently playing in Russia, such as Rubin Kazan’s Gokdeniz Karadeniz, adding: “Everyone who has an existing contract will carry on working.
“They won’t be here in the future but at the moment they have contracts and these will not be looked into.”
He also added that any Russian teams planning warm-weather training camps in Turkey should make alternative plans.
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