The AC Milan legend not too long ago appeared in a Ukrainian authorities video marketing campaign
Russian State Duma Deputy Alexander Yushchenko has criticized former AC Milan and Chelsea Andriy Shevchenko for showing in a Ukrainian state video that he deemed anti-Russian.
The clip runs over a minute and reveals ex-Ukraine nationwide staff supervisor Shevchenko name on the world of sport and its athletes to boycott all Russian sports activities plus Russian sportsmen and ladies who’ve remained silent about their nation’s navy operation in his homeland.
Talking on a Match TV program, Yushchenko mentioned he was “unhappy” to have seen the video, with the very first thing in it that caught his eye its “Hollywood script and elegance.”
“In Ukraine individuals like Shevchenko are objects for use,” Yushchenko added. “They haven’t any different choice.”
Yuschenko mentioned he doesn’t “blame” Shevchenko, who in his view “is a prisoner of the nationalists who got here to Ukraine” simply “like the remainder” and can subsequently be utilized in such a fashion on account of his legendary standing as a former Ballon d’Or and Champions League winner.
“He was and can stay an incredible athlete,” Yuschenko burdened.
Shevchenko has additionally spoken out towards Russia’s navy operation within the western media on Sky Sports activities Information and was pictured at a rally opposing it in London in late February.
Different main Ukrainian sportsmen who’ve been vocal in calling for Russian athletes to be sanctioned embody the previous heavyweight champion boxing brothers Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko, with Vitali additionally the mayor of Kiev.
Stepping down from his function as head coach of the Ukrainian nationwide staff following a humbling 4-0 quarter-final loss to finalists England at Euro 2020 final summer season, Shevchenko took over at Serie A outfit Genoa however was fired after two months in cost when successful only one match and shedding seven.
The Euro 2020 look shall be Ukraine’s final in a serious event till a minimum of Euro 2024 on the earliest after they misplaced a Qatar 2022 World Cup playoff last 1-0 to Wales in Cardiff on June 5 which ended the hosts’ 64-year drought in reaching the FIFA spectacle.