Russian Zenit confirmed the termination of the contract of a Ukrainian footballer: “We wish him, his family and friends the best”

Ukrainian Yaroslav Rakitskiy decided to stop playing for Zenit Russia (Photo: Reuters) (ANTON VAGANOV/)

The invasion of the Russian army in the Ukrainian territory generated a quick reaction in the world of sports with situations of different kinds. From athletes who decided to fight to defend their nation to sanctions from the main federations on the planet against Russia for military determination. Also the decision of some footballers or coaches to leave Russian clubs for being in disagreement with the advance party led by Vladimir Putin.

The case that resonated the most during the last few hours is that of the Ukrainian defender Yaroslav Rakitskiywho decided to terminate his contract with Zenit Russia. “Due to a difficult family situation, the player requested the early termination of the contract with the club”acknowledged the very institution that leads the local Premier League.

The footballer of 32 years He was going through his fourth season in that entity, being one of the usual starters in the team that today Russian coach Sergey Semak commands: “He arrived at Zenit in January 2019 and played 108 games, scored seven goals and gave 15 assists as blue and white player While in Saint Petersburg he won three league titles, the Russian Cup and two Super Cups”.

Zenit, which has Colombian Wilmar Barrios and five Brazilian soccer players in its ranks, left him a message of thanks in the statement in which he reported his departure: “The club and our supporters would like to thank Yaroslav Rakitskiy for his time here and acknowledge the professionalism and passion he displayed while with us. We sincerely wish the best to Yaroslav, his friends and his family”.

Zenit statement announcing the departure of Yaroslav Rakitskiy
The club’s statement to announce his departure

The athlete is a usual surname on the payroll of the ukrainian national team and boasts an extensive passage through the Shakhtar Donetsk of his country, with which he debuted in 2009 and in which he remained for ten years until he left for Russian football for a figure that was around 10 million euros. The last appearance of him with this shirt was developed last February 17 as a starter against Betis for the Europa League. The native of Pershotravensk (Dnipropetrovsk Oblast) was on the substitute bench on the 24th – the day of the Russian invasion of Ukraine – but did not jump onto the pitch.

It is not the first case in Russian football of these characteristics since in the last hours the German DT Markus Gisdol resigned from his job as head of Locomotive Moscow: “I cannot be in the Moscow training camp, train the players, demand professionalism and a few kilometers away orders are given that bring great suffering to an entire town.” Similar determination took the German technician Daniel Farkewho chose to leave the Krasnodar From Russia.


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