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Spanish football fans boo Ukrainian footballer, call him 'Nazi' for supporting Ukrainian army

Source : 112 Ukraine

Rayo Vallecano supporters confronted Roman Zozulya, who currently plays for Albacete in La Liga; in the halftime, his teammates showed him their support and refused to continue playing. The game was stopped
08:03, 16 December 2019

Roman Zozulya
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Ukrainian footballer Roman Zozulya was booed by Spanish fans, as they called him a "Nazi". The incident actually stopped the game between Rayo Vallecano and Albacete on Sunday, December 15, according to ABC.

The incident lasted in the first half. The supporters of Rayo Vallecano shouted "Zozulya - Nazi", eventually forcing Albacete to refuse from playing on. Zozulya's team showed him the support and decided not to return to the putch after the halftime. 

The game was stopped at the 0-0 score.

Currently, Roman Zozulya plays for Albacete; his contract will expire in 2021.

Related: Football: Betis, Rayo Vallecano break agreement with Ukraine’s Zozulya

In summer 2018, a fan club of Oviedo FC (Spain) stood against the contract with Roman Zozulya, which the team's management considered back then. Pena Azul Otero group treated the Ukrainian forward not worthy enough to wear the team's T-shirt. 'Do not sign in with Zozulya. He has ties with Ukrainian neo-Nazi and paramilitary groups', read the message on Twitter

Other football supporters posted similar things, perceiving Roman "the Nazi who doesn't belong to the football". 

Zozulya already experienced this particular trouble in January 2017, when he tried to sign in with another team from Spanish top football league, Rayo Vallecano. Back then, the football fans also took him as a Nazi. Roman tried to explain it; he emphasized that the Ukrainian volunteer battalions, which he supported during the war in Donbas in 2014-2015, have nothing to do with the Nazism. However, his explanations changed nothing.

Related: Football: Oviedo FC fan club charges Ukraine's Zozulya with 'neo-Nazism'

 

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