Salikhova: “Sport is out of politics!”  shout those in whose place the unchanging hegemony of football

Salikhova: “Sport is out of politics!” shout those in whose place the unchanging hegemony of football

Salikhova: “Sport is out of politics!” shout those in whose place the unchanging hegemony of football

Boris Pravotorov

Zarema Salikhovathe wife of the owner of Spartacus Leonid Fedunspoke about the departure of Russian teams from European competitions for the 2022/2023 season.

“For Russian athletes, all the windows and doors slammed so hard that the whole structure of the sports palace shook and tilted. But what do we see? Instead of acting fast and saving what can still be saved, RFU is presenting a crazy offer to host Euro 2028 and Euro 2032.

Apparently, they strongly believed that Gazprom, which has been paying hundreds of millions of euros in UEFA sponsorship money since 2012, would help. Or at least secure a place for Zenit in European competitions. We managed to agree only on the Champions League final in St. Petersburg (that is, in St. Petersburg, and not in Luzhniki – an important detail), but even there it was interrupted.

And if these half a billion euros were to be invested in youth sports, in academies and the development of a training school, the construction of fields and arenas? Surprisingly, the budget “Chertanova” gave the country more footballers than the entire gas tycoon system!

“Sport is out of politics! shout those in whose state there is an unchanging football hegemony. And do not use Bayern as an example now. Thanks to Bayern, other Bundesliga teams qualify directly for the Champions League and Europa League, and former Bayern coaches run the best clubs in the world.

“With all due respect to Semak’s personality and his coaching talent, he is far from being kidnapped in Europe, unlike German coaches,” Salikhova wrote in a blog on Sports.ru.

Earlier, UEFA decided to remove Russian clubs and national teams from the 2022/2023 international season. Russian teams next season will not be able to participate in European competitions, the UEFA League of Nations, the European U21 Championship, Euro 2022 for Women, as well as in the qualifications for the Women’s World Cup 2023.



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