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Six Ukrainian Football Players Refuse To Return Home After Friendly In France

Six Ukrainian Football Players Refuse To Return Home After Friendly In France

With their home city currently held by Rebel separatists, as many as six players on the Shakhtar Donetsk football team have refused to return home following a friendly match in France over the weekend.

Six Ukrainian Football Players Refuse To Return Home After Friendly In France

Following a friendly match in France over the weekend, several members of the Shakhtar Donetsk football team have refused to return home.

The Ukrainian army is attempting to regain control of the contested city, but for players Alex Teixeira, Fred, Dentinho, Douglas Costa, Facundo Ferreyra and Ismaily things were still too unpredictable to fly home after a game in Lyon.

The players may face sanctions if they refuse to return home, warned club president Rinat Akhmetov, who cited their club contracts in a statement urging them to return.

Five of the six players under warning are of Brazilian nationality, with the sixth, Ferreyra, being a native of Argentina. The players are estimated to have a market value of £46 million.

As a result of the ongoing conflict the Shakhtar squad are unable to play games in their home stadium, the Donbass Arena.

The new football season is slated to begin this weekend and the Ukrainian Football Federation has yet to decide how the team will proceed with the inability to play matches on their home field.

OCA News Editor

Christian Bright is a professional sports commentator with keen interests in football, tennis and horse racing. His experience in the reporting on professional sports makes him a key asset to OCA’s coverage of athletic events and matches.

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