Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Shakhtar Brazilians Defected Because of 'Deadly Risk'
Guardian, July 22nd, 2014 2:12PM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Douglas Costa says he and his fellow Brazilian players have refused to return to the Ukrainian champion because they “all run a deadly risk” by remaining in the war-torn country, Costa wrote on his Instagram page. “I like the club, the people, the city, but I’m afraid,” the 23-year-old said in comments posted alongside a picture of the Shakhtar badge. “We want to stay at the club, but we must have risk-free working conditions.”

Costa has been with Shakhtar since 2010, winning five straight Ukrainian titles and reaching the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League in 2010-11. He and fellow Brazilians Fred, Dentinho, Alex Teixiera and Ismaily, and the Argentine striker Facundo Ferreyra, remained in France following a friendly against Lyon on Saturday.

Pro-Russian rebels currently hold Donetsk, but Ukrainian forces are said to be advancing on the city, which is just 38 miles from the site where Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 crashed on Thursday with nearly 300 people on board.

Read the original story...


2 comments
  1. G O
    commented on: July 23, 2014 at 4:04 p.m.
    Who can blame them? I won't. That part of Ukraine is a mess right now. And many in Shaktar are directly to blame for this as they have sowed the seeds of violence, rift with Kiev, rifts with western Ukraine for a long time already. So odd to think that UEFA's Euro 2012 was just a mere 25 months ago - with Donetsk one of the four Ukrainian host cities. Look no further than the very dodgy billionaire businessman who owns Shaktar to learn who to blame for all this wholly unnecessary unrest, now destruction and deaths too. There is a lesson here too: A club can splash money all around, attract exotic players, achieve league successes...and so what? So what? It all amounts to nothing. Good on these South Americans for, at this point, refusing to return. Maybe this form of protest will wake up Donetsk sympathizers who want to join Russia, wake them up to the utter folly of that.

  1. G O
    commented on: July 23, 2014 at 4:06 p.m.
    People always vote with their feet. When people flee something with their feet, look at where they are leaving. Then look at where they hope to go. These simple observations inform a lot toward who is good (where is good) and where is/who is evil.


Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Nigerian U-20 star Dike hopes more Cowgirl goals will come    
Goals by Courtney Dike helped Nigeria reach the final of the Under-20 Women's World Cup in ...
Inzaghi: Milan Has Nothing to Lose Against Juve     
AC Milan on Saturday hosts Juventus in an early-season top-of-the-standings clash of Italian heavyweights. While Milan ...
London Wins Semis and Final of Euro 2020    
UEFA on Friday awarded Wembley Stadium in London as the venue for the semifinals and final ...
Prosecutor Calls for End to FIFA's Secrecy     
FIFA prosecutor Michael Garcia on Friday said he wants more details published about corruption cases in ...
Pellegrini Defends Toure, Lampard     
Manchester City coach Manuel Pellegrini defended Yaya Toure's performance against Bayern Munich during City's UEFA Champions ...
Mourinho Was 'Not Expecting' Lampard to Join Man City     
Jose Mourinho says he still has respect for Chelsea legend Frank Lampard even though he could ...
Mourinho: Relationship with Ronaldo 'Does Not Exist'    
Jose Mourinho says he no longer has any relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo now that he has ...
Arrests Mar Roma's UCL Win     
Police arrested three fans prior to AS Roma's UEFA Champions League opener against Russian side CSKA ...
Roma Players Warn City, Bayern Following Rout     
AS Roma's players said they are full of confidence following their 5-1 hammering of CSKA Moscow ...
Di Maria: "I Needed to Change My Life"    
In an interview with Perform, Manchester United forward Angel Di Maria says that he left Real ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives