Ukraine: Shakhtar Donetsk defends Russian Football Federation outside FIFA

The general director of Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk, Sergei Palkin, defended today that FIFA exclude the Russian Football Federation from among its members, due to the military offensive of the Kremlin regime in Ukrainian territory.

“When those people at FIFA headquarters sit and look out the window at Lake Geneva (Switzerland), they probably see an alternate reality. Maybe they should visit Mariupol and Kharkiv to take this matter seriously,” he said in an interview with Freedom.

For Palkin, keeping Russia at the top of international football, “when the whole world is against it, it’s strange and it doesn’t fit in anyone’s head”.

The Shakhtar manager recalled that the football federations of Pakistan, Zimbabwe and Kenya are still suspended and “are doing much less harm than Russia”.

Russia launched a military offensive in Ukraine on February 24, which has killed at least 1,232 civilians, including 112 children, and injured 1,935, including 149 children, according to the latest UN data, which warns of the likelihood that the actual number of civilian casualties is much higher.

The war also caused the flight of more than 10 million people, including more than 4 million refugees in neighboring countries and almost 6.5 million internally displaced people.

The UN estimates that around 13 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in Ukraine.

The Russian invasion was condemned by the international community in general, which responded by sending weapons to Ukraine and reinforcing economic and political sanctions on Moscow.

Source: Futebol 365 – Notícias by

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