"They will soon beg us to play": Russian Euro winner outraged by UEFA's decision to return Russia without a flag
Former Spartak Moscow player Alexander Prudnikov has spoken out against the participation of the Russian youth national team in tournaments under the auspices of the European Football Union (UEFA) without national symbols. The winner of the 2006 continental championship in this age group called it humiliating.
Prudnikov said this to the Match TV propaganda TV channel, commenting on UEFA's decision to return 17-year-old Russian players to its competitions. The 34-year-old native of Smolensk spoke about a "great country" and expressed confidence that representatives of the aggressor country would be persuaded to participate in international tournaments.
"We are a great country. Why do we have to humiliate ourselves in front of someone to perform under a neutral flag? How long can this go on? It may be hard for athletes to go without performances. It is humiliating for us to perform without a flag and anthem. I think UEFA will soon beg us to play. Now it looks like they are giving us a handout," Prudnikov said.
It should be noted that the English Football Association staged a riot over the admission of Russian youths to UEFA tournaments, refusing to play with teams from Russia.
As reported by OBOZREVATEL, the president of the Russian Premier League Alexander Alaev shared the "harsh truth of life" about the return of Russian club teams and national teams to European tournaments. Spartak Moscow forward Alexander Sobolev said that the suspension of Russian representatives is done to prevent his team from winning the Europa League.