Ukraine coach Oleksandr Petrakov fined by UEFA after vowing to ‘take a gun’ against Russia

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Ukraine coach Oleksandr Petrakov has been fined by UEFA after he vowed to take up arms against Russia following the military invasion of his country.

According to the head of the Ukrainian Football Association, Andriy Pavelko, Petrakov also received a warning from European football’s governing body after Russia won its case that the manager had discriminated against him. against him and had failed to remain politically neutral.

Russia had accused Petrakov of breaching UEFA’s code of conduct following comments he made to The Guardian in April, during which the 64-year-old said he would “take a gun and defend my city” if Russia invaded Kyiv.

Petrakov has revealed he was pushed back by the Ukrainian military during the build-up to Ukraine’s World Cup qualifiers in June and was told he could serve his country better by leading them on the pitch against Scotland and Wales.

Russia’s complaint came ahead of UEFA Nations League matches against Ukraine this week, starting with a return to Glasgow to face Scotland on Wednesday, and Pavelko said Petrakov had been handed a ‘minor fine’ following his comments.

Pavelko said the Ukrainian Association would cover the fine while accusing his Russian counterparts of creating a distraction outside the international window.

“There was a warning and a minor fine which the UAF has the honor to pay,” Pavelko said in a post on his Facebook page.

“So, in vain, the Russians are now trying – on the eve of an important match of the Ukrainian national team – to distract us from the preparation for the game. Everyone is as focused as possible on this and preparing to support our boys.

Ukraine return to the pitch against Scotland in Hampden, the scene of their 2-0 victory in their first competitive match since the Russian invasion, before traveling to Armenia next.

They will then host the second leg against Scotland in Warsaw, with Ukraine unable to play home fixtures in their own country due to the ongoing dispute, as is the case with Ukrainian teams in European competitions.

Russia remains banned from international competition, although the country staged a friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina in November.

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