Former Chelsea footballer and Ukrainian football legend Andriy Shevchenko has
suggested that Russia be banned from playing football until the end of its war with Ukraine.
Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24, millions of people have fled from Ukraine to neighboring countries.
And all sports activities are suspended in Ukraine, because all public gatherings are currently banned under military law.
Shevchenko who made a name for himself as a player during AC Milan and later Chelsea has become the first ambassador of the charity formed by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to support the country in the war.
Speaking to the BBC, the former striker appealed for donations.
“Cruelty and war. It’s cold. It is a genocide. “he said.
“It was important for me to find a way to help my country. Ukraine is crippled, it is impossible to manage the economy, we are shot every day and people are dying. ”
He said all proceeds from the charity United 24 would go directly to the Ukrainian national bank, and then be distributed to aid in war efforts.
Russian football teams have been suspended from all competitions by Fifa and Uefa.
Despite the sports ban, on June 1, Ukraine will return to competitive form in their delayed World Cup qualifier against Scotland.
“Many of them never had a chance to train. But I believe a miracle can happen, because I know what kind of encouragement they have. ”
Asked about his relationship with former Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, Shevchenko said he had not spoken to him since the start of the war.
“As long as there is war in Ukraine, no Russian athlete should be allowed to take part in any competition,” Shevchenko said.
“Thanks to Russia, our athletes are banned from playing any sport. And they can be killed at any time. ”