Paul Pogrebnjaka: Pavel Lisitsyn / RIA Novosti
Forward “Ural” Pavel Pogrebnyak explained his statements about naturalized striker of the national team of Russia on football Ari. His words are quoted by Sport24.
“I once played in Europe and respect all players without exception. I have nothing against black players. In the interview I expressed my personal opinion that in the national team of Russia would like to see players who were born and raised in our country. That’s all. I did not mean to offend,” said Pogrebnyak.
To the statements of the player about Ari drew the attention of the Committee on ethics of the Russian football Union. Deputy officer of the RFU anti-discrimination Alexander Baranov said that Pogrebnyak could be disqualified for his words.
Previously on March 17 Pogrebnyak made a criticism of naturalized players in the national team. In particular, he noted that he does not understand why the national team call striker “Krasnodar” Ari. “It’s funny, when a black player plays for the national team of Russia”, — concluded the player of “Ural”.
Ari, who received a Russian passport in the summer of 2018, has already been called to the national team of Russia. Pogrebnyak played for the national team from 2006 to 2012.
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