Former forward of Dynamo Kiev and the Russian national team Serhiy Juran suggested that the Ukrainian national team could specifically concede to the Croats in order not to go to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which will be held in Russia.
In an interview with the Championship website, he said:
“From a sports point of view, this is a loss. Ukrainian football is pretty good, I would like the Ukrainian team to get to the World Cup. But at the same time, from the point of view of the political situation and everything else, the lack of the Ukrainian team in the tournament will only make life easier.
I think that together a lot of non-football people would come to Russia with the national team, who would be engaged in provocations, fights and other dirt. Besides, I admit that the Ukrainian team lost the match on purpose yesterday, because they decided not to go. Yesterday was the decisive match, in the home stands, but so Is it easy to lose?
There were no emotions yesterday in the game of the Ukrainian national team. “
Recall that the Ukrainians lost 0: 2, and took third place in the qualifying group. Croats will participate in the play-offs.