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Saturday, 7 July 2018

Goalkeeper sacked by club for celebrating Russia World Cup win apologises


Ukrainian goalkeeper Mikhail Gotra has apologised after having his contract with FC Karpaty terminated for cheering on Russia on his Instagram page.


Gotra, 18, posted a Russia flag, accompanied by the word “bravo!” and a photoshopped image of himself with a moustache, contributing to a viral campaign originated in Russia in support of the national head coach Stanislav Cherchesov.

“I’ve been giving my all to sports all my conscious life,” Gotra said in a post on Instagram. “I’ve always stayed away from politics and I didn’t even think my emotional act would make big news, which would stir up not just our country but also neighbouring countries. “I’ve always been, am and will be a proud Ukrainian. I’ve been and stay loyal to Ukrainian football and its traditions. “Now, I’ve really thought over my act and understood that it was unacceptable for the fans. I realise and accept that anger that has been coming from them. Indeed, all the fans are true patriots of their state and Ukrainian football and I admire them for that. It is to the fans I want to say sorry for my emotional act.

“As for the club’s decision, I think in professional football such decisions must not be taken on emotions. I want to ask the media not to bother me with unnecessary questions. I don’t want to make any comments until I dot all the ‘i’s and cross the ‘t’s.”


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