Former Ukrainian footballer Andriy Voronin stepped down from his post as Dynamo Moscow assistant coach. The decision comes on the back of Russia’s invasion of his home country.
International football organizations have already shunned Russia from the global scape over the course of the last week.
Voronin took the decision to terminate his contract with Russian club Dynamo Moscow. He was appointed as the assistant manager of the club in 2019 after retiring as a player in 2015. The former striker, who represented Ukraine at the national level in 75 matches, explained his decision to step down in an interview with BILD. Voronin said:
“I could no longer work in the country that is bombing my homeland. Stop that son of a b*tch Putin, help the refugees. And send weapons so we can defend ourselves. I’m so proud of our country. We have beautiful cities, great people. We will keep fighting. And we will win. But the price is so high. All the dead… We live in the year 2022 and not in WWII…”
The former Liverpool player has seemed refuge in Germany after making his way out of Moscow. He has expressed his desire to help his homeland as they struggle to control the brute invasion by Russia.
“I just want to help. With money. Whatever… And I don’t know if I should say it: But if I were in Ukraine right now, I’d probably have a gun in my hand too.”
Dynamo Moscow release statement following Voronin’s departure
The Russian club released a short statement after Voronin elected to terminate his contract.
“Football club ‘Dynamo’ and assistant head coach Voronin reached an agreement to terminate the contract by agreement of both parties.”
The team are currently second in the Russian League, only behind Zenit by 2 points. Russian clubs have been suspended from European competition while the national teams are barred from competing in international tournaments.
FIFA and UEFA bans Russia from International fixtures; clubs barred from European competitions