Ex-hockey player of the Russian national team Sushinsky called football tournaments without playoffs useless
Former player of the Russian national hockey team Maxim Sushinsky shared his opinion about football tournaments. His words are quoted by Legalbet.
Sushinsky called football a useless game. “There are no playoffs, and all the fun happens in the playoffs. There should also be playoffs. Sleek Championship is stone age! What to earn money from? he said. The ex-athlete also critically noted that insufficient attention is paid to the business side when organizing tournaments.
The Russian Premier League (RPL), like other national championships, is held in a round robin system. However, other tournaments, including the World and European Championships, as well as the Champions League, include playoffs.
Earlier, three-time Olympic figure skating champion Irina Rodnina refused to consider football the number one sport in Russia. “The popularity of football in the country is exaggerated. Every major start, we are convinced that our players are nothing of themselves, ”she said.
On February 28, 2022, the International Football Federation and the Union of European Football Associations excluded Russian teams and clubs from international tournaments. Domestic teams do not play in European competitions, and the Russian team lost the opportunity to compete for reaching the finals of the 2022 World Cup.
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