Football-Soccer resumption shows Ukraine has not given up, says Zinchenko
(Reuters) – The return of competitive football in war-torn Ukraine is playing a vital role in showing the rest of the world that people have not given up and are trying to get on with their lives, the Arsenal defender said on Wednesday Oleksandr Zinchenko.
Ukraine’s Premier League restarted on Tuesday on the country’s National Flag Day, another show of resistance after the invasion from Russia in February ended last season’s league prematurely.
Zinchenko, who has represented Ukraine 52 times, joined Arsenal from Premier League champions Manchester City in July.
“It is so important to show the rest of the world that the people of Ukraine do not give up, and in any situation they continue. This is about our people,” Zinchenko said https://www.arsenal .com/news/zinchenkos-pride-ukraine-restarting-football in an interview on the Arsenal website.
Although only certain venues with bomb shelters are used for UPL matches and no fans are allowed into stadiums, Zinchenko said people need football.
“I would like to say a big thank you to the Ukrainian federation and to the president (Volodymyr) Zelenskiy who said that we had to play our competition in Ukraine,” he added.
“I know we won’t have the best facilities, but we have to keep going and that’s the most important thing for all Ukrainians. I’m looking forward and I’ll watch every game if possible.”
(Reporting by Silvia Recchimuzzi in Gdansk, editing by Ed Osmond)