FIFA press secretary Marty: Cameroonian Ondua will not be penalized for Russian flag on boots
MOSCOW, November 27 – RIA Novosti. FIFA spokesperson Giovanni Marti said that the International Football Federation (FIFA) will not penalize Cameroon national team midfielder Gael Ondua, who wore boots carrying the Russian flag at the World Cup held in Qatar.
On November 24, Ondua played the Swiss team (0:1) in boots with the image of the Russian flag in the first round match of the World Cup group stage. After the match, Ondua said that the Russian flag on his boots was a sign of his respect for the country he grew up in. Norwegian Broadcasting Company NRK’s football expert Karl-Erik Thorp has demanded that FIFA punish Ondua for his action. Berit Lindeman, Secretary General of the Norwegian Helsinki Committee, described the actor’s actions as a “political symbol”.
Previously, FIFA and the Association of European Football Associations (UEFA) had indefinitely suspended the participation of Russian teams and clubs in international competitions, and therefore the Russian team could not participate in the play-offs to qualify for the World Championship. The Cup is in Qatar.
Ondua is 27 years old, she was born in Cameroon but has been living in Russia since childhood. The football player began his career in the youth team of Moscow Lokomotiv. He also played for CSKA Moscow, Zorya Lugansk, Anji Makhachkala, Swiss Servette and Danish Vejle. Now it represents the German “Hanover”.
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