Russian troops kill Shakhtar Donetsk coach days after two footballers died defending Ukraine

Ukraine's top division club, Shakhtar Donetsk, have confirmed that one of its youth coaches has died defending the country's sovereignty on Friday.
Russian troops kill Shakhtar Donetsk coach days after two footballers died defending Ukraine

Ukraine's top division club, Shakhtar Donetsk, have confirmed that one of its youth coaches has died defending the country's sovereignty on Friday.

This was confirmed in a statement issued by Shakhtar Chief Executive Officer, Serhyi Palkin.

Palkin said that “One of our employees was killed, he was a children’s coach. He was hit by a fragment of a Russian bullet.”

Shakhtar currently sit two points clear at the top of the league table.

A report by Daily Mail said that the league has now been postponed indefinitely as a result of the Russia-Ukraine war.

The demise of the club coach comes two days after football’s global players association, FIFPRO, announced the first football casualties of the conflict with two Ukrainian footballers dying defending their country.

The news comes two days after football's global players association, the International Federation of Professional Footballers, announced the first football casualties of the conflict with two Ukrainian footballers dying defending their country.

FIFPRO confirmed that Vitalii Sapylo, 21, and Dmytro Martynenko, 25, lost their lives in combat and have become the first football casualties of the war.

The statement read, “Our thoughts are with the families, friends and team-mates of young Ukrainian footballers Vitalii Sapylo and Dmytro Martynenko, football's first reported losses in this war. May they both rest in peace.”

Sapylo, a goalkeeper, who was part of third-division side, Karpaty Lviv's youth team, joined the Ukrainian Army as a tank commander but is said to have died defending the capital, Kyiv, last Friday.

His club Karpaty Lviv labelled him a 'hero' after announcing he had been killed in battle.

Martynenko, who last played for second-division side, FC Gostomel, died alongside his mother after Russian bombs hit his home in an apartment block in the capital.

Professional skier, Yevhen Malyshev, was also killed while fighting in an attempt to stop Putin's forces from advancing.

The 20-year-old was part of his country's junior team but put his career in sport to the side two years ago to serve in the military.

Related Stories

No stories found.
WuzupNigeria
wuzupnigeria.ng