- Russian sanctions necessary, even if my heart aches for the athletes، says Ceferin
During the interview with Corriere della Sera, the UEFA president, Aleksandr Ceferin, returned to the sanctions on Russian athletes and teams, deeming them necessary: “My heart is crying to punish the athletes: it is not their war, not their war. they decided or wanted. But we have to show unity for peace.
With Putin in the past, relations were correct, he was well prepared for a meeting. I don’t think he is a football fan; he likes other sports more. It was right to end the relationship with Gazprom. . Financially it cost a lot. For us it is a blow to our wallet, but people are being killed. We have imposed sporting sanctions and dedicated more than a million to Ukrainian children and refugees. “