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Ukrainian footballer Zozulya comments on recent fascism scandal

Source : 112 Ukraine

During the Sunday’s match between Rayo Vallecano and Albacete, fans of the Madrid’s club called Zozylya “a fascist”, which led to its abandonment
13:26, 20 December 2019

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Former forward of Ukraine’s national football team and Spanish Albacete Roman Zozulya made a statement about the recent scandal with the fans of Rayo Vallecano, AS reports.

"When the war started in my country, we had no army. People tried to help the army. My fund never bought weapons or military equipment. The only thing we did was buying the equipment to save lives: ambulances, food, clothing, etc. I believe that helping your country and being a patriot is not a crime.

When you are constantly visiting hospitals and do not stop seeing people, who have been injured on the battlefield, suffering, you cannot stay away. That is why I am in this fund. We know that war is something terrible. I consider myself a patriot who should help his country.

Now I want to go back to the time when I moved to Rayo Vallecano. After signing the contract, I visited an office in Madrid to find out that they did not want me to play for the team. I asked why and they told me that I was a fascist. They did not want me to play for the team. It was the first time they called me a fascist. They explained the insults to my address with the fact that I help my army, my country, and they help another army. I just want to convey the words of one of them. Six people from the Rayo fan base are fighting on the other side of my country.

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That is how it all started. People who are fighting for another army do it for money. The photos, which everyone saw, had appeared later, after which they called me a Nazi. I note that I was called a fascist at first and then a Nazi and a racist. My best friend is Jeremy Bella, and I do not care about skin color and nationality. We are all the same. You can ask my former Betis teammates or Albacete teammates. There was never any problem with that. The person who accused me of being a fascist referred to my tattoos, but I can show them. I wanted to talk to them, to explain the situation. They already knew all the information about me, because they are fighting in Donbas, fighting for the other side," Zozulya said.

Sunday's match between Rayo Vallecano and Albacete was abandoned after offensive chants towards Ukrainian player Roman Zozulya.

After the game was stopped during the first half and messages were conveyed to stop the singing, the match did not restart after the break due to chants coming from the stands at Estadio de Vallecas.

"Zozulya, you're a f***ing Nazi," Rayo fans were chanting towards the Albacete striker.

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