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Ralf Rangnick Terms Russia’s Invasion Of Ukraine “A Human Disaster”

Written By Jacobs Dunga 

The attack of its neighboring state by the Russian state has been condemned by the Manchester United manager as United cut ties with Aeroloft.

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Rangnick has expressed his concerns over the ongoing unrest in Ukraine where Russian troops are invading the territories of the Eastern European nation.


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Rangnick was previously with Russian Premier League side Lokomotiv Moscow before ending his affairs there to take up the Manchester United job.

Speaking after United officially cut ties with Russian airline Aeroloft, the Manchester United interim manager echoed the club’s sentiments on the issue.

He said: “Everybody has the same opinion about what’s happening there.

“This is a human disaster what’s happened there for all of the people involved.

“Right now, as far as I can tell, the situation in Russia and especially in Moscow is relatively safe but that doesn’t change the whole situation which is desperately sad.

“When I watch TV in the morning or the evening I still cannot believe what I see there.

“It’s a terrible situation and I very, very much hope that politicians all over the world can help to de-escalate the situation and finish with those kind of things that are happening there.”

United ended their nine year partnership with the Russian airline operators following its ban by the UK government from flying in their airspace and the Civil Aviation Authority suspending its carrier permit.

The Premier League club said in a statement: “In light of events in Ukraine, we have withdrawn Aeroflot’s sponsorship rights.

“We share the concerns of our fans around the world and extend our sympathies to those affected.”

Schalke O4 in a related development also took off the Gazprom logo off their shirt as the main sponsor despite the Russian oil company being their long term partners.

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UEFA has stripped St. Petersburg of the hosting rights for the 2022 Champions League finals following Russia’s attack on neighboring Ukraine.

The showpiece event will now be held in France at the Stade De France in Paris as announced by UEFA.

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“The UEFA Executive Committee today held an extraordinary meeting following the grave escalation of the security situation in Europe.

“The UEFA Executive Committee decided to relocate the final of the 2021/22 UEFA Men’s Champions League from Saint Petersburg to Stade de France in Saint-Denis. The game will be played as initially scheduled on Saturday 28 May at 21:00 CET.” The statement read.

United interim manager Ralf Rangnick commended UEFA on the decision to readjust the finals from Russia to a new venue.

He said: “The situation itself is desperately sad. I think everybody will think similarly about that.

“This is an incredible situation that we have that kind of war within Europe and so the decision taken by UEFA was inevitable and it was the right decision.”

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