Russia has failed in its efforts to persuade UEFA to ban Oleksandr Petrakov after the Ukraine national team coach expressed a willingness to take up arms and fight Vladimir Putin’s invading armies.
Petrakov, 65, told the Guardian back in April that ‘if they come to Kyiv , I will pick up a weapon and defend my city’, adding ‘I think I could take two or three enemies out.’
It led to the Russian Football Union writing to UEFA accusing Petrakov of discriminating against their country and failing to remain politically neutral, calling on him to be banned.
But in a Facebook post, the head of the Ukrainian Football Association, Andrii Pavelko, wrote that UEFA simply warned Petrakov and issued a small fine, which the organisation paid on his behalf.
He accused Russia of ‘distraction tactics’ on…