Ukraine to start football season in August despite war

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Ukrainian football clubs decided in April to end the previous season after it was suspended following the Russian invasion.

Ukrainian football clubs decided in April to end the previous season after it was suspended following the Russian invasion.

Ukraine will kick off its new football season despite the ongoing Russian invasion, the country’s sports minister said on Monday.

“The Ukrainian football championship will start on August 23,” Vadym Gutsait said on Facebook.

“We have agreed to work out (…) the procedure for organizing and holding the competitions under martial law,” he added.

Ukrainian football clubs decided in April to end the previous season after it was suspended following the Russian invasion.

Shakhtar Donetsk led Dynamo Kyiv by two points in the Ukrainian league when the season was interrupted, but the league decided not to award the title.

The Minister said that the matches of the new season will be held on the territory of Ukraine, but without spectators and with the mandatory observance of all safety regulations.

“During air raids, matches will be stopped and football players, coaches and staff must quickly go to shelter,” Mr Gutsait said.

Much of Ukrainian football infrastructure, such as stadiums and training grounds, was damaged by Russian strikes and many foreign players left Ukrainian teams after Moscow sent troops to Ukraine on February 24 .

Earlier on Monday, Shakhtar announced that their Italian coach Roberto De Zerbi had left the club by mutual consent.

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