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Shakhtar Donetsk chief claims agents are ‘destroying’ the club by exploiting the war in Ukraine

Sergei Palkin, the chief executive of Shakhtar Donetsk, has reprimanded agents who he believes are exploiting the war in Ukraine for their own benefit by “stealing” players and demanding that the fees be paid directly to them rather than the club itself.

In an interview with The AthleticPalkin said “some agents are destroying us” and also lashed out at FIFA for allowing foreign players in Ukraine and Russia to suspend their contracts until June 2023, allowing them to play for other sides.

Ukrainian football has entered a crisis after the large-scale invasion of the country by Russia in February.

The country’s premier league was initially suspended and terminated on April 27 due to the ongoing war.

Andriy Pavelko, president of the Football Federation of Ukraine, said earlier this month that the competition will start again in August, although some stadiums have been damaged by war and there is no guarantee that the competition will start as planned.

Pavelko also revealed that he had held talks with FIFA and UEFA about the resumption.

Shakhtar Donetsk chief executive Sergei Palkin has criticized officers for their behavior during the war

Shakhtar Donetsk chief executive Sergei Palkin has criticized officers for their behavior during the war

Football in Ukraine has been hit hard by the large-scale Russian invasion of the country

Football in Ukraine has been hit hard by the large-scale Russian invasion of the country

Palkin told The Athletic that the war “has caused a lot of problems in the football world.

“Everyone is trying to take advantage of this situation,” he said. ‘Who tries the most? agents.

“Some cops are destroying us. They try to steal players. They play games, contact clubs and say they don’t pay us (Shakhtar) and deals are broken. You can’t imagine what’s going on.

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Palkin worries that some agents are trying to ‘steal’ Shakhtar’s foreign players in the window

“Agents come to clubs and say, ‘Don’t pay Shakhtar, the players are released, just pay me (the agent) 10 million euros and forget about the club.

“Some brokers expected FIFA to issue a statement to ensure that all foreign players in Ukraine are free (agents). It is not possible. They’re trying to manipulate the situation.’

FIFA this week extended its temporary rules for foreign players in Ukraine and Russia, which it says are in place to protect them.

Should clubs affiliated to the Football Federation of Ukraine (UAF) or Russian Football Association (FUR) fail to reach a mutual agreement with their respective foreign players and coaches before or on June 30, 2022, and unless otherwise agreed in writing, and coaches have the right to terminate their employment contracts with their clubs until June 30, 2023,” FIFA said in a statement.

Shakhtar CEO criticized a recent FIFA decision on foreign players in Ukraine

Shakhtar CEO criticized a recent FIFA decision on foreign players in Ukraine

But Palkin believes the move will exacerbate the situation for Ukrainian clubs, as it basically means they have about a week to try and cash in on players they had hoped would receive significant compensation in the summer.

“The power to decide on the suspension of contracts is now in the hands of players’ agents,” he said. “It does not reflect the club’s intention to rescue players and investments.

“And we now have basically nine days to agree with our players on their sale or loan to foreign clubs, which is simply impossible. FIFA has not helped Ukrainian clubs by issuing rules. On the contrary, it significantly worsened our negotiations with players and made agents even more powerful and wealthy.”

Palkin also accused some clubs that have vowed to support Ukraine after the Russian invasion of empty promises and of mere lip service to the effort.

He recalled a ‘big money’ team that Shakhtar should have met in a £258,000 friendly, but for understandable reasons they were unable to organize it.

The future of football in Ukraine remains uncertain due to the ongoing war

The future of football in Ukraine remains uncertain due to the ongoing war

Palkin says Shakhtar told the club to donate the money to Ukrainian refugees instead. “They didn’t pay for it,” he said. “There are people who say, ‘I support Ukraine’, but then in the end you say, ‘Okay, show us you support Ukraine’, and they don’t want to support it.

‘Here’s another case. There’s a player we tried to buy. We wanted to do it in installments and we’ve given guarantees because right now it’s difficult but we said we’re going to pay everything in a year.

“Then this club gave me a list of requirements for so long that I looked at this list and thought, ‘Frankly, forget it’. This was since the invasion.

“That’s why when people try to get hype for their work in support of Ukraine, I don’t pay much attention to it.”

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Russia invaded Ukraine in February, making football an afterthought in the nation

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