No Russia at the World Cup? This former OL player is angry! “We must separate sport and politics“ – Sport.fr


Currently at the 2022 World Cup with Croatia, Dejan Lovren (33) disagrees with Russia’s exclusion from World Cup qualifying.

The exclusion of Russia from sports competitions? This is a divisive question! Host and quarter-finalist of the 2018 World Cup, Sbornaïa was excluded by FIFA from the 2022 World Cup qualifiers following the start of the war in Ukraine in February 2022. An unfair decision for the captain of Zenith Saint-Petersburg passed by OL, Dejan Lovren, “Of course I am angry that Russia is not at the World Cup. I have always said that we had to separate sport and politics, railed the former Lyonnais in front of the media. Russia is a great national team and it’s a shame that they are not at the World Cup, along with other great national teams and players, like Italy or my friend Mohamed Salah. But I believe that things will change soon, you always have to think positively“, launched the Croatian defender at a press conference.

Still in the race with Croatia to qualify for the round of 16, the next meeting of Dejan Lovren’s teammates will be against Belgium. A shock that will act as a ‘final’ in this group F. To be continued…

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