Spanish La Liga, Association of Spanish football players and administration of Rayo Vallecano FC released the joint statement on the disturbing situation with Ukraine’s forward Roman Zozulya.
‘We remain firm in this regard so as to withstand any pressure. The player should enjoy safety in both professional career and personal life. While being aware of terms of conditions stated by La Liga, Rayo Vallecano and the Association, the player will have to decide on his future,’ reads the statement.
La Liga, the Association, Rayo Vallecano and Betis, Zozulya’s former club, fully supported the Ukrainian and his right to switch the team. Besides, Zozulya enjoys support of the Federation of Football of Ukraine, coach of the national team Andriy Shevchenko and the Ukrainian embassy in Spain.
Previously, the Federation of Football of Ukraine condemned the hostile attitude of Rayo Vallecano fans towards Zozulya. Based on Zozulya’s solidarity with far-right Ukrainian movements and support for Ukrainian troops fighting in Donbas, the fans called him a ‘racist’.