Post: Estonian players apologize for taking pictures with Karpin

Estonian players apologize for taking pictures with Russian national team coach Karpin

HELSINKI, January 4 – RIA Novosti. The Estonian Football Association sent a joint statement to the media on Wednesday apologizing for a photo with national team players Konstantin Vasiliev and Sergey Zenev, as well as assistant head coach Andres Opera’s Russian national football team head coach Valery Karpin.

Andrei Stepanov, the former football player of the Estonian national team, on December 31 posted on social networks a photo from a restaurant in which Karpin, as well as Vasiliev, Zenev, Oper and several players who previously played in the national team, participated. Republic. Karpin is a native of the Estonian city of Narva.

“Dear football fans! We are sorry for the situation and apologize to anyone whose feelings were hurt by our meal and the posting of their photo on social networks. Our conversation only revolved around football, we did not talk about politics or war. We have always defended and will continue to defend Estonia on and off the pitch,” the statement said.

Earlier, Estonian Culture Minister Piret Hartman condemned former and current members of the national team who posed with Karpin. Estonian football players were also criticized by the football fan organization MTU Jalgpallihaigla.

On the other hand, Estonian Football Union President Aivar Pohlak did not criticize the players for meeting with the Russian coach, noting that it is important to protect the right to know and meet people who think differently.

Source: Ria

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