"As a result of this, attention was drawn away
from the competition and the brand reputation of the Eurovision
Song Contest was endangered," the EBU said in a statement.
"Therefore the contest's steering committee ... has recommended
that UA:PBC (Ukraine's state broadcaster) should receive a
substantial fine, in line with the rules of the competition," it
said, without saying how much Ukraine would have to pay.
Ukraine, the host country, barred entry to the Russian
contestant because she had performed in Crimea after the
Ukrainian peninsula was annexed by Russia.
(Reporting by Tom Miles; Writing by Alessandra Prentice in Kiev;
editing by Matthias Williams and Toby Chopra)
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