“I might get killed” – Former Russia captain, Igor Denisov says as he criticize Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine
Igor Denisov, the former captain of Russia national team has criticized his country president, Vladimir Putin over the invasion of Ukraine, calling it ‘catastrophic.’
Russian parliament has recently passed a law that would see whoever speaks against the country’s military action arrested for up to 15 years.
Despite the government warning, Denisov who captained Russian team between 2012 and 2016 looked away from the law and went on criticize the act led by the president.
‘These events are catastrophic,’ Denisov told Nobel. ‘It’s horrific. I am not sure if I will be jailed or killed for these words, but I am speaking as it is.’
The defensive midfielder added that he is no longer proud of his country and even sent a letter to President Putin asking for him to halt the war, which has seen thousands killed and millions more driven from their homes.
Denisov spent football years in Russian Clubs playing for Zenit Saint Petersburg dinamo Moscow and lokomotiv Moscow.
He played 54 times for Russia between 2008 and 2016, representing them at the 2012 European Championship and the 2014 World Cup.
Football governing bodies has banned Russia from playing in international competitions as a result of the invasion of Ukraine, with their club sides also banned from European competitions such as the Champions League.