RIP: ‘Putin took my child from me’ – FIFPRO confirms two Ukrainian footballers have died following Russia invasion

RIP: ‘Putin took my child from me’ – FIFPRO confirms two Ukrainian footballers have died following Russia invasion

Ukrainian footballers Vitalii Sapylo (21) and Dmytro Martynenko (25) have been killed fighting against the Russian invasion, FIFPRO has confirmed.

A statement from FIFPRO on Twitter read: “Our thoughts are with the families, friends, and teammates of young Ukrainian footballers Vitalii Sapylo and Dmytro Martynenko, football’s first reported losses in this war. May they both rest in peace.”Information Guide Nigeria

Speaking to BBC Radio 5Live, FIFPRO general secretary Jonas Baer-Hoffman said: “We’ve had confirmation from the ground, which is of course incredibly sad.

“We don’t have clear information on how many of our members are really currently involved directly in the conflict, and of course, there are still hundreds of Ukrainian players, male and female, in the country.

“Our union on the ground is effectively working out of bunkers and cellars where they are hiding from the attacks, so it’s a very difficult situation to analyse.

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“These two players have apparently passed away, as part of this military invasion. They’re showing how football and sports, in general, is an afterthought because they’re just individuals who unfortunately got caught up in this terrible war.”

Sapilo’s father Roman told BILD: “He was such a happy, fun-loving boy. It was an airstrike by that damn Putin. He took my child from me.

“He really wanted to fight. First, one tank broke down, then the second, but under no circumstances did he want to leave the front. He asked for a third party. This armour has brought him eternal sleep.”JAMB Result

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Emediong Ekpe

Emediong Ekpe is a graduate of English. A professional Sports journalist/analyst, and a spoken word artist. He is passionate about decimating information and putting smiles on people's faces via news writing.

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