Romantsev considered Karpin’s question about the departure of Russian players to Europe as a provocation
Former head coach of Spartak Oleg Romantsev responded to the call of national team coach Valery Karpin for his players to go to the European championships. His commentary is reported by Sport-Express.
“To be honest, I didn’t expect such a noisy reaction to this, and even with a flavor of politics and crazy accusations of trying to ruin our football. Personally, this story seems to me to be a desire to add an element of scandal to what the coach said,” said Romantsev, considering the journalists’ question provocative. He added that the players who went abroad improved their level.
On September 12, Karpin called on Russian players to leave for European clubs. He noted that he advised leaving the Russian Premier League (RPL) many times. The coach explained that he feels the difference between the level of the national team players who play in Europe and those who remain at home.
On February 28, 2022, the International Football Federation and the Union of European Football Associations excluded Russian national teams and clubs from international tournaments. Domestic teams do not compete in European competitions, and the Russian national team was deprived of the opportunity to compete for access to the final part of the 2022 World Cup.
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