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Tottenham coach Antonio Conte sympathizes with banned Russian athletes: 'It is not fair'

Tottenham coach Antonio Conte sympathizes with banned Russian athletes: ‘It is not fair’

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former Chelsea Current Tottenham Hotspur coach Antonio Conte expressed sympathy this week for Russian athletes banned from international competition after Russia’s attack on Ukraine, saying “it’s not fair”.

The Italian-born coach described the war as a “very sad” situation but added that global calls to ban Russian and Belarusian athletes from competing were “incorrect”.

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“I repeat, it is very sad that this dangerous situation, this war between Russia and Ukraine, affects football and sports [world]. “Knowing that Russian athletes are banned from competing is very sad,” he told reporters. football london.

Head coach Antonio Conte of Tottenham Hotspur during the English Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Everton at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on March 7, 2022 in London, United Kingdom.
(Photo by Sebastian Frigg/MB Media/Getty Images)

“I think it’s not fair. I know very well the work they do every day for this competition. You have to pay for this situation, I think it is not right.”

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The International Olympic Committee (The International Olympic Committee) urged sporting bodies to act against Russia on March 1, days after it invaded Ukraine, leading to a ban on Russian and Belarusian players with some being forced to compete as neutrals.

“Honestly I hope the situation will be resolved, because it is causing a lot of damage. We are in 2022 and we see that this is horrible for everyone.”

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The Russian Football Federation has appealed the ban on national teams and clubs by FIFA, UEFA and other Russian sports bodies that are escalating their legal battle against isolation in sport.

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, left, arrives at the men's ramp at the 2022 Winter Olympics, on Monday, February 7, 2022, in the Yanqing district of Beijing.

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, left, arrives at the men’s ramp at the 2022 Winter Olympics, on Monday, February 7, 2022, in the Yanqing district of Beijing.
(AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

IOC President Thomas Bach reiterated the decision to ban these athletes in an open letter on Friday, saying that while it was clear that Russian athletes were not responsible for the war, the fairness and integrity of competitions in which Ukrainians might not be able to compete must be considered.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.