"Crazy": Russian former national team player called Russia part of Europe and insulted Ukraine
Former Russian national football player Roman Shirokov made disgusting remarks about countries that have announced a boycott of matches against teams from Russia. The 2008 European Championship bronze medalist did not see any prospects for the aggressors to move to Asia.
Shirokov said this in a commentary to the RB Sport. The former player of Zenit St. Petersburg, Spartak Moscow, and CSKA Moscow, who was previously called "a regurgitation of degrading Russia" by fans, repeated Kremlin propaganda about Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
"Let the crazy ones refuse. You can't play without the flag and anthem in today's situation. Asia? I don't see any point in going there. Who said that they are waiting for us there and everyone is ready to play with us? Are they not waiting for us in Europe? Yes, they are. A stupid drug addict imposed sanctions against me a long time ago. Why? I have no desire to go there. We are not rushing to Europe. We historically belong to it," Shirokov said.
As a reminder, the European Football Union (UEFA) decided to allow Russian youth teams to participate in its tournaments under a neutral flag and without the anthem. After that, the national teams of England, Sweden, Denmark, Latvia, and Poland declared a boycott, refusing to play with teams from Russia.
As OBOZREVATEL previously reported, the Ukrainian Football Association has condemned UEFA's decision to start the procedure for the return of Russian teams to its tournaments.