"Everyone knows that Ukraine should win. I feel sorry for them": former Bosnia player hints at a conspiracy around the Euro 2024 playoff match
The former Bosnia and Herzegovina national team player Ognjen Vranješ suspected the International Football Federation (FIFA) of preventing his country's national team from qualifying for the 2024 European Championship. The former defender of a number of Russian and Turkish clubs complained that the Balkans will meet the Ukrainians in a playoff match for the continental championship in March next year.
Vranjes said this in an interview with the Psihokast podcast, according to sportske.ba. According to the 2014 World Cup participant, the Ukrainian national team is a clear favorite in the confrontation with his compatriots, and the war allegedly affects the attitude towards the Blue and Yellows.
"Do you know what the biggest tragedy is? What FIFA did is good for Bosnia, that they will play in the playoffs. But Ukraine is supported by the whole world, and I feel sorry for them... Remember the Eurovision Song Contest, everyone knew that Ukraine was going to win. I feel sorry for Bosnia, I played for this team with all my heart. I wish them good luck, but the way they play will not allow them to get anywhere for a long time. I follow the national team, I don't know half of the players, I have no idea where they came from," Vranješ said.
Earlier, Bosnia and Herzegovina accused the Ukrainian media of "dirty propaganda " to put pressure on the rivals of Serhiy Rebrov's team. In addition, it became known which basket the future rivals were drawn into during the draw for the final part of the 2024 European Championship.
In turn, the head coach of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team Savo Milosevic admitted that he was not very satisfied with the results of the draw for the Euro 2024 qualifying matches.
As reported by OBOZ.UA, the President of the European Football Union (UEFA) Alexander Čeferin wished the Bosnians to reach the championship before the draw of the Euro 2024 playoffs.