Shakhtar Donetsk’s chief executive has taken aim at FIFA for betraying war-torn Ukraine by maintaining lucrative television contracts with Russian broadcasters.
While Russia has been ostracised by most of the world following Vladimir Putin‘s decision to invade Ukraine back in February, world football’s governing body has maintained links.
This includes an ongoing broadcast deal – reportedly worth €39million (£35m) – with three Russian TV channels linked to the state.
And Shakhtar chief Sergei Palkin has questioned whether FIFA grasps the full magnitude of what is happening in Ukraine.
‘How is it possible that everybody in the world stopped having communications and dealings and business with Russia but at the same time FIFA maintains the television contract for the World Cup with Russia?’ he told The Athletic.