‘Fast players are paid by the club, not by a Russian’ –

‘Fast players are paid by the club, not by a Russian’ –

In a statement exactly one week ago, Vitesse said: “As Vitesse, we follow current developments like everyone else. The club operates normally and focuses on sporting achievements in the competitions in which it participates.

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A lot has happened since then and the war in Ukraine also caused a lot of unrest in the sports world. A choice: major events in Russia are cancelled, the Russian national football team cannot participate in the World Cup and Russian para-athletes are denied entry to the Paralympic Games.

Despite the big news, Vitesse remained silent. Columnist Marcel van Roosmalen, who is a supporter of the club, tweeted on Tuesday: “Still no statement from Valeriy Oyf/Speed. They are quiet and that is why they are dirty to our club,” he said.

When asked about it, coach Thomas Letsch wanted to say something about it on Thursday. “They are paid by the club, not by a Russian, but of course the situation in Ukraine is discussed here,” he said on Thursday as the home game against Sparta approached across the field, driving from Papendale.

While Vitesse insisted on mainly talking about the match against Rotterdam (Friday 8 p.m.), Letsch wanted to say a few words about the division in which the club was located. He did not reveal much about the owner of the club. “You have to be with the board for that.”

A club spokesperson just wanted to confirm that “the matter is being discussed”. He couldn’t answer questions about it.

Not the Russian owner, the situation in Ukraine keeps the players busy. “We talk about football, but bigger things are happening in the world. On the morning of the war, one of the players had a child that afternoon and we had to play that evening. This shows that there is more to come.”

One of the Slovakian footballers has a family a few dozen kilometers from the Ukrainian border. “It keeps him more occupied than say a French actor.”

Oyf took over the shares of his compatriot Aleksandr Chigirinsky three years ago and annually closes the budget deficits in the budget of the number six Eredivisie.

Source: RTL