Sport facing the war Ukraine – Russia LIVE: Infantino “concerned” by a “tragic and worrying” situation

7:07 p.m .: The FIFA president is “concerned” by the “tragic and worrying” situation

In a press conference, Gianni Infantino said to himself “concerned“. The president of the International Football Federation referred to a situation “tragic and disturbing“.”FIFA condemns Russia’s use of force“, said the Italian leader, without giving details on the 2022 World Cup play-off match that Russia must play at home against Poland on March 23.

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6:45 p.m .: The concern of Roberto de Zerbi, the coach of Shakhtar Donetsk

Roberto De Zerbi, the Italian coach of Shakhtar Donetsk since 2021, expressed his concern in an interview with Sky Italia. “This morning I woke up to the sound of explosionsexplained the 42-year-old technician, isolated in a hotel in Kiev. We are fine but the situation is tense. We are worried and are trying to have contact with the embassies to understand what to do..”

Shakhtar Donetsk coach Roberto De Zerbi.

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6:11 p.m .: “I hurt my Ukraine” announces Estelle Mossely

Estelle Mossely, Olympic boxing champion in 2016, is of Ukrainian origin through her mother. On Twitter, she posted a long message and denounced “a person’s madness“.”My family lives in a small town in Ukraine far from the borders and not so close to the capital. I would not have imagined that it would affect them directly, immediately, she wrote. From near or far, we are all concerned. The world must realize the situation and the seriousness of what is happening.”

5:44 p.m .: Two new Euroleague matches officially suspended (Basketball)

The Euroleague basketball announces that the Bayern Munich-CSKA Moscow and Vitoria-Unics Kazan matches have also been suspended. The two matches were to be played this Thursday at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Earlier in the afternoon, Barcelona canceled their trip to Saint Petersburg scheduled for Friday.

5:20 p.m .: Mircea Lucescu, the Romanian coach of Dynamo Kiev, does not intend to leave Ukraine

Mircea Lucescu, coach of Dynamo Kiev, is formal: He does not want to leave Ukraine. “Should I go back to Bucharest? I am not a coward. I didn’t leave when the madness started in Donetsk in 2014 (Editor’s note: he coached Shakhtar between 2004 and 2016), he told the Romanian site Fanatik. I can’t do such a thing, it’s out of the question. I would set a negative example for everyone. An example of fear, panic, lack of seriousness.” More info here

Mircea Lucescu has been coaching Dynamo Kyiv since 2020.

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4:55 p.m .: Sweden, Poland and the Czech Republic do not want to play the World Cup play-offs in Russia

In a joint press release, the Swedish, Polish and Czech football federations announce that they do not wish to play in the 2022 World Cup play-offs in Russia.For safety reasons“.”We are waiting for UEFA and FIFA to offer us alternative solutions“, they add. On March 24, Poland is due to travel to Russia, and on March 29, the winner of this match will face Sweden or the Czech Republic.

4:41 p.m .: Galtier wants to help Ukrainian football

At a press conference, Christophe Galtier, the coach of OGC Nice, sent a message of support to Ukraine. “I am thinking of athletes and more specifically of footballers, but also of coaches who have to live through a dramatic situation. I 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“, he asserted.

4:22 p.m .: Barcelona officially cancels its trip to Russia (Basketball)

Barcelona has officially canceled its trip to Saint Petersburg on behalf of the Euroleague basketball. The Catalan club was to fly Thursday to play Friday in Saint Petersburg, then Sunday in Moscow against CSKA. He had previously received a message from the Euroleague telling him that it “had to“to play these matches.

  • 4:04 p.m .: Rublev wishes for “peace”

Andrey Rublev pleaded on Thursday for “the peace“after the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, believing that his victory in the Dubai tournament was “not important“in view of”terrible” context. “You realize how important it is to have peace in the world, to respect each other no matter what, to be united. It’s about taking care of our Earth and each other. It’s the most important thing“said the world No.7 after his victory over the American Mackenzie McDonald (2-6, 6-3, 6-1), in the quarter-finals.

  • 4 p.m.: Georgia-Russia match postponed (rugby)

Rugby Europe has announced the postponement of the meeting between Georgia and Russia scheduled for this Sunday in Moscow, as part of the 6 Nations B Tournament.

  • 3:45 p.m .: UEFA “strongly condemns the Russian military invasion” in Ukraine

In a statement, UEFAstrongly condemns the military invasion” Russian in Ukraine, on the eve of an extraordinary meeting of its executive committee. “UEFA shares international concern over security situation in Europe“, specifies the authority, promising to manage the situation”dead earnest“, before the meeting of its executive committee on Friday (10 a.m.), which will study in particular the fate of the C1 final.

  • 3:37 p.m .: Barça will not travel to Russia (basketball)
According to information from Sport, the FC Barcelona basketball team will not travel to Russia, where it was to face Zenit Saint Petersburg on Friday, then CSKA Moscow on Sunday.

  • 3:00 p.m. : Schalke removes Gazprom name from jerseys

German club Schalke (D2) has decided to remove the name and logo of Russian gas supplier Gazprom, its main sponsor, from its shirts. The jerseys will be flocked with the simple name “Schalke 04”, from the next match on Saturday in Karlsruhe. Targeted by American sanctions, the German CEO of the operating company of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which connects Russia to Germany, resigned on Thursday from his position as administrator of the German club.

  • 2:35 p.m .: The IOC accuses Moscow of having violated the Olympic truce
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) accuses Moscow of having violated the Olympic truce by invading Ukraine, and announced that it wanted to offer humanitarian assistance to Ukrainian athletes. In a statement, the IOC “strongly condemns the violation of the Olympic truce by the Russian government“. More information here.

The IOC decided to suspend Russia on December 5, 2017.

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  • 2:10 p.m .: Vettel calls for a boycott of the Russian GP
The world of Formula 1 has not escaped geopolitical questions as a GP in Russia is scheduled for next September. Convinced and determined, Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin) was the most offensive in his approach, demanding a boycott from F1. Max Verstappen was also in his direction. More info here.
  • 1:30 p.m .: UEFA should relocate the C1 final
The European Football Confederation, UEFA, called an extraordinary meeting on Friday to “assess the situation” regarding Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, while the Champions League final is scheduled for St. Petersburg. According to several media, it will be withdrawn from the Russian city. More info here.
  • 12 p.m.: Brazilian players ask for help from the Brazilian authorities
In a video shot from a hotel in Kiev, the many Brazilian players of Shakhtar Donetsk and Dynamo Kiev asked to be able to leave the country with the help of the Brazilian authorities. Since this Thursday morning, the reactions and testimonies are numerous.

  • 11 a.m.: Smolov says “no” to war

No to war“: Russian Dynamo Moscow striker Fedor Smolov expressed on Instagram on Thursday his opposition to the invasion of Ukraine by the Russian army, becoming the first international player of “Sbornaya” to do so. 32, who has been summoned to the last three meetings of the “Sbornaïa”, the Russian selection, is the first Russian international to take a position on the subject.

  • 10:37 am: Yaremchuk, the celebration and the message

On Wednesday evening, Benfica’s Ukrainian international striker Roman Yaremchuk showed off a black T-shirt emblazoned with the Ukraine crest, in the shape of a trident, when he celebrated his goal against Ajax Amsterdam, in the round of 16 first leg. of the Champions League (2-2). “I am Ukrainian and proud of it“, commented the player on Instagram during the night. “It is our country, our history, our culture, our people and our borders. I would like to thank all those who defend us for their courage. Glory to Ukraine“, he wrote.

Roman Yaremchuk with Benfica

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9 a.m.: Russia launches attacks on Ukraine

On the night of Wednesday to Thursday, shortly before 4 a.m. (French), Vladimir Putin officially announced a military operation in Ukraine during an intervention of fifty-six minutes. Since then, the invasion has begun, including armed charms, explosions in several cities and numerous fights between Russian and Ukrainian forces. The war between Russia and Ukraine has officially started.

(With AFP)

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