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Russia's world champion says Europe is bent because of "abandonment of the Russian market"

Oleksandr ChekanovSport
Plyushchev criticises IIHF

The former head coach of the Russian national team, Vladimir Plyushchev, has expressed the absurd idea that European countries have lost a significant share of their profits due to the withdrawal of Western companies from the Russian market. The winner of the 2002 World Youth Championship added that world hockey is on the verge of bankruptcy due to the suspension of representatives of the aggressor country.

Plyushchev, who spoke derogatorily about Latvia and Ukraine, said this in a commentary to the R-Sport propaganda news agency. The Russian coach blamed the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) for its slow pace in returning teams from Russia to its tournaments.

Russia's world champion says Europe is bent because of ''abandonment of the Russian market''
Russia's world champion says Europe is bent because of ''abandonment of the Russian market''

"Our hockey players have a huge number of fans who would fill the stands at all competitions. But I don't think this situation can have any impact on the teams' return to tournaments. The IIHF is now guided by different principles. Besides, the rules are dictated by other people who don't care about financial losses. Look at how much Europe lost after abandoning the Russian market, what do they care about hockey's financial problems?" - Plyushchev said.

Russia's world champion says Europe is bent because of ''abandonment of the Russian market''
Russia's world champion says Europe is bent because of ''abandonment of the Russian market''

Earlier, Roman Rotenberg, vice-president of the Russian Ice Hockey Federation (RIHF), expressed confidence that "everything would have collapsed" in world sport without the aggressor country.

As OBOZREVATEL previously reported, Olympic hockey champion Vyacheslav Fetisov said "they don't understand" in response to Ukraine's call to ban Russians from entering other countries for international tournaments.

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