Manchester City and Ukraine defender, Oleksandr Zinchenko has shared an intransigent post on social media in response to Artem Dzyuba’s thoughts on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Ukraine have been under attack since last week Wednesday, 23rd of February 2022 as a decision of Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin.
Players and Athletes of Ukrainian origin have returned home to join with the Ukrainian armed forces.
Dmytro Pidruchnyi, biathlon world champion, former world heavyweight champion boxers Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko and Oleksandr Usyk, to mention a few, have all returned home, Ukraine.
Russia and Zenith captain Dzyuba has since broke his silence on his country’s attack on Ukraine, calling the war ‘terrifying’ while taking aim at critics.
“War is terrifying. I am shocked by human aggression and hate, which is moving to a larger scale every day.
“I am against discrimination based on your nationality. I am not ashamed to be Russian. I am proud to be Russian. I don’t understand why athletes have to suffer now.
“I am against double standards. Why are some allowed everything, but we are blamed for everything? Why does everyone always say that sport is apolitical, but with the first opportunity, when it concerns Russia, this principle is absolutely forgotten?” Dzyuba wrote on Instagram.
Zinchenko who captained Man City in their F.A cup win against Everton, hit back at the Russia striker’s comment by saying ‘evil should be punished an all platforms’.
Zinchenko’s post translated “We continue to promote truth. There are several important messages that I want to convey to the public, in particular the citizens of the aggressor’s country and “colleagues in the shop.
“There was a period in my football career when I played for FC UFA. It was a difficult but useful 1.5 years. I will always be grateful to this club for everything they have done for me. But I want to emphasize that I became a footballer in Ukraine. It was in my homeland that I received my football education, studied at academies and grew up. Therefore, to all those who accuse me that Russian football brought me up, I want to say once again: I am a pupil of the Academy of the beautiful UKRAINIAN city of Donetsk!
“Let’s move on… your trump card argument is ‘sport out of politics’. Indeed, sport should not be part of election campaigning, party races, slogans or PR platforms.
“But sport, like any sphere of life, cannot stand aside from the issues of war, aggression and death. Everyone must fight evil, regardless of profession.
Mr putin you will die in this war,
If you move your army from Ukraine in a time you will die.
This is pure racism and hypocrisy of the worst kind. The Palestinians are daily killed by the apartheid state of Israel and their land seized without any protest by FIFA. But whenever sportspersons protest are punished by FIFA. To hell with this hypocrisy and racism.