Euroleague: Villeurbanne will not play in Russia next week
Asve will not play in Russia next week against Zénith Saint-Petersburg, March 1, and Unics Kazan, March 3, in Euroleague announced Thursday its president, Tony Parker.
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A Ukrainian international with a sulphurous reputation compares Putin to Hitler
Ukrainian striker Roman Zozulya reacted strongly to Russia’s invasion of Donbass. The 32-year-old, known for his support for certain neo-Nazi movements, even compared Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler.
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“No war in Ukraine”: the message of Malinovskyi, Ukrainian international, in the Europa League
Scorer of a double with Atalanta in the Europa League return play-off, Ruslan Malinovskyi celebrated his first goal by showing a message of support for his country, invaded this Thursday morning by Russian troops: “No war in Ukraine”, said writes the attacking midfielder with 45 caps with Ukraine.
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Ukrainian basketball players applauded as they arrived at the hall, in Spain
Very nice image in Spain before the match between La Roja and Ukraine, counting for the qualifications for the 2023 World Cup. Upon their arrival at the Cordoba hall, the Ukrainians, flag on their back, were warmly applauded by the Spanish public .
Ukraine coach confirms his team’s presence for the 2022 World Cup play-offs
Due to the conflict between Ukraine and Russia, the Ukrainian championship was suspended. While the national team will have to play the play-offs for the 2022 World Cup in March, coach Oleksandr Petrakov does not intend to give up and assures that his players will be there:
“I believe that after our quick victory (in the war), we will continue to prepare for the decisive matches of the national team of Ukraine in the play-offs of the World Cup.”
Shevchenko calls for ‘support’ for Ukraine
Ukrainian football legend, former striker Andriy Shevchenko posted a message on Instagram where he laments the current conflict between his country and Russia. He also asks other countries to intervene, and convince the Russians to withdraw:
“In the early morning, a full-scale war was launched by Russia. My people and my family are under attack. Ukraine and its people want peace and territorial integrity. I ask you to support our country and to Calling on the Russian government to stop its aggression and violation of international law. We only want peace. War is not the answer.”
Sweden, Poland and the Czech Republic do not want to play in Russia
In one letter addressed to FIFA, the federations of Poland, Sweden and the Czech Republic believe that the European play-offs for the 2022 World Cup should not be played in Russia. The three signatories indicate that their position is “firm”.
“The military escalation that we are observing is having serious consequences and considerably reducing the security of our national teams and our official delegations. Thus, we expect FIFA and UEFA to react immediately to present alternative solutions” .
Russia are due to host Poland in Moscow on March 24 for the Path B semi-final of the play-offs. In the event of Sbornaïa’s victory, the final will also be organized in the Russian capital on March 29, against Sweden or the Czech Republic.
Euroleague: the matches of the Russian teams scheduled for this evening and tomorrow are postponed
The Bayern-CSKA matches (scheduled for this evening at 7 p.m.), Baskonia-Kazan (tonight at 8.30 p.m.) and Zenith-Barcelona (tomorrow at 6 p.m.) have been postponed due to the invasion of Ukraine by Russian troops.
Euroleague: Barça cancels trip to Russia
FC Barcelona decided not to travel to Russia due to the invasion of Vladimir Putin’s troops in Ukraine. The Catalan club was due to reach Saint Petersburg in the evening to face Zenith, this Friday in the Euroleague, before joining Moscow to face CSKA on Sunday. “Several meetings with the parties concerned are scheduled for this afternoon and a decision will be taken in this regard in the coming hours,” Barca said in a statement.
Boxing: Estelle Mossely’s cry of alarm
Of Ukrainian origin through her mother, French boxer Estelle Mossely posted a message after Russia invaded Ukraine on Thursday. “My family lives in a small town in Ukraine far from the borders and not so close to the capital, wrote the 2016 Olympic champion. I would not have imagined that it would affect them directly, immediately. From near or far, we we’re all concerned. The world needs to wake up to the situation and the seriousness of what’s going on.” In shock, Tony Yoka’s ex-girlfriend directly targets the Russian president: “The greatest wars have been started by the madness of one person. Putin’s sick obsession with a territory that escaped Russia after the USSR and the action tonight on Ukrainian territory is only the reflection of a thirst for domination and control of a country’s resources.
Marlon’s testimony on the situation in Ukraine
Brazilian players from Shakhtar Donetsk and Dynamo Kiev released a video on Thursday calling for help to leave Ukraine. Among them, Marlon agreed to tell Mundo Deportivo more about the situation on Ukrainian soil.
The defender says just getting around is complicated: “There’s a lot of confusion. You can’t get around because there’s traffic everywhere. A two or three hour journey can take ten hours and the gasoline is running out. Where are we going then?”
Even though he is protected with his family, Marlon explains living in fear: “We are protected here in the hotel, but we want solutions. It is a terrible situation, there is fear. We have our families, our children and our wives, I also have my mother-in-law, we want to be safe.”
Kaunas basketball club boycotts all matches against Russian teams this season
The Lithuanian club Kaunas, which hosts Real Madrid this Thursday evening in the EuroLeague, has announced that it will boycott the rest of the away matches against Russian teams this season and proposes to all EuroLeague teams to do the same.
Vettel wants to boycott the Russian Grand Prix
The next Russian Grand Prix will only take place on September 25 in Sochi, but Sebastien Vettel has already made that decision, he intends to boycott this Grand Prix. “I don’t think you should drive in this country. For my part, I will not go. My decision has already been made”, asserted the former German world champion at a press conference.
Roman Abramovich in the sights of British MPs
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is in the crosshairs of British MPs following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. A Labor MP even made public in the House of Commons a classified report from 2019 accusing the billionaire close to Putin of corruption. Many media reports that Roman Abramovich is going to be or has already been banned from a residence visa in Britain. it has been several months since he was seen at Stamford Bridge, the South West London home of the Blues. Mark Spencer, the leader of the House of Commons indicated that the Minister of the Interior could answer Monday on possible sanctions against the main Russian oligarchs, in the forefront of which Abramovich.
Galtier’s message for Ukraine
Present at a press conference on this day of Russian invasion in Ukraine, Nice coach Christophe Galtier wanted to send a message “to all Ukrainians”. “We all woke up with images of what is happening in Ukraine. I would like to send a message to all Ukrainians. would like to send them a message of support and I dare to hope that French football will do something for Ukrainian football, I don’t know how, but French football must support all the footballers and all the coaches who are currently in Ukraine, under the bombardments”,
UEFA ‘condemns’ Russian offensive
In a statement, UEFA formally condemns the Russian military invasion of Ukraine: “UEFA shares the significant concern of the international community regarding the developing security situation in Europe and strongly condemns the ongoing Russian military invasion in Ukraine. As the governing body of European football, UEFA works tirelessly to develop and promote football according to common European values such as peace and respect for human rights, in the spirit of Olympic Charter”.
“We remain firmly in solidarity with the football community in Ukraine and are ready to reach out to the Ukrainian people, adds UEFA. We are treating this situation with the utmost seriousness and the utmost urgency. Decisions will be taken by the Committee UEFA Executive and announced tomorrow”. On Friday, the body should announce the relocation of the Champions League final, initially scheduled for the end of May in Saint Petersburg.
Cloistered in Kiev, awakened by explosions, the chilling story of Noa Nehar, Dinamo player
Joined by RMC Sport, Noa Nehar, a young player from Dynamo Kiev, says he was awakened by explosions this Thursday morning, when the conflict between Russia and Ukraine is now open. He shut himself up at home with a teammate while waiting for instructions from the embassy. His story here.
Schalke 04 withdraws its sponsor Gazprom from its shirt
Gazprom is definitely in the sights of Western countries after Russia entered the war against Ukraine. Closely linked to the energy giant, the German club of Schalke 04 (D2) had confirmed its sponsorship contract earlier this week. But the evolution of the diplomatic crisis and the intervention of the Russian army on Ukrainian territory changed the situation on Thursday.
The Champions League final will be moved
The final of the 2021-2022 edition of the Champions League will not take place at the Gazprom Arena in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on May 28. The decision was taken urgently on Thursday by UEFA in reaction to the Russian army’s offensive in Ukraine, according to information reported by the agency. Associated Press and also by the Times.
The official announcement is expected to be made on Friday, following the extraordinary meeting hosted by European football’s governing body. No information has filtered on the stadium that will be chosen to host the match.
Fedor Smolov: “No to war”
He is the first known Russian footballer, who is also international, to speak publicly about Russian military operations in Ukraine. Fedor Smolov, striker who has worn his national team jersey 45 times, spoke on Instagram on Thursday. “No to war!!!” he wrote, along with a broken heart emoji and the Ukrainian flag. A short message that he accompanied with an entirely black image.
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This is not the major aspect of the conflict which has just exploded in Ukraine and which promises to have major repercussions throughout Europe. But the invasion of Russian troops in Ukraine is also upsetting the world of sport, in Ukraine of course where all championships have been suspended, but throughout Europe. UEFA has also decided to organize an emergency meeting to probably change the venue of the Champions League final, which was to be held in St Petersburg next May. This will not be the only repercussion of a conflict that will permanently mark the world of sport.