Andriy Shevchenko, former Ukrainian striker of AC Milan and Chelsea spoke to Sky Sports about the ongoing war in his country after the Russian invasion: "I'm trying to make people understand the situation we are facing.
I tried to talk to foundations, to raise funds to help the Ukrainian people. I am proud of it and it is a difficult time for my country, my people and my family. We must stop this war, we must find a way to do it. We have refugees, we need to.
humanitarian aid. We need medical support, food support. It seems to me that I can do a lot here and I will. My mother and sister are also in Kiev right now and terrible things have happened there. People and children dying, missiles aimed at our homes.
I talk to my parents, I talk to my mother and I say that I would like to go back. But now we are here, talking about what is happening, about the real tragedy that the Ukrainian people are facing right now. I tried many times to convince my family to leave but they always said no.
They want to stay there, this is the Ukrainian spirit. Great reaction from institutions like UEFA and FIFA, they made the right decision. I don't think it was a difficult decision. When you attack a country, when you start sending bombs and soldiers, it's not a conflict, it's a real war.
Until the war is over, I think it is the right decision not to allow any Russian athlete to participate in the various sporting events. In this case, football no longer exists for me. I dont think about it. This is not the time to do it.
I don't watch anything, no sports, nothing. With all my concentration, when I wake up, I think about how I can help my country, what I can do. I started calling my parents, my friends, I get updates on what is happening in Ukraine.
Right now I'm just focused on that."
Roman Abramovich's Chelsea sale: the details
Roman Abramovich has put Chelsea up for sale, as reported by the official website of the English club. Abramovich said: "I would like to address the media speculation in the last few days in relation to my Chelsea FC ownership.
As I stated earlier, I have always made decisions with the interest of the Club at heart. In the current situation, therefore, I have taken the lead. decision to sell the Club, as I believe this is in the best interest of the Club, the fans, the employees, as well as the Club sponsors and partners.
The sale of the Club will not be accelerated but will follow due process. I will not ask for any loans from For me it is never about business or money, but pure passion for the game and the club. In addition, I have commissioned my team to create a charitable foundation to which all net proceeds from the sale will be donated.
The foundation will benefit all war victims in Ukraine. This includes providing essential funds for the victims' urgent and immediate needs, as well as supporting long-term recovery work. ine. Please know that this has been an incredibly difficult decision to make and it pains me to part with the club in this way.
However, I believe this is in the best interest of the club. Hope to be able to visit Stamford Bridge one last time to greet you all in person. It has been a lifetime privilege to be a part of Chelsea and I am proud of all our joint achievements. Chelsea Football Club and its fans will always be in my heart. Thanks, Roman."