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After the controversial case of Russian gymnast Ivan Kuliak, who stood on the podium with a “Z” on his chest, Russian sport has once again shown its support for the Russian army which is invading several Ukrainian cities.
Before the start of two matches of to exchangevariant of ice hockey, during the semi-finals of the Russian league, several players from the teams SKA Neftyanik, Dynamo Moscow, Vodnik and Kuzbass, formed the symbol of support for the Russian army as opposed to the usual composition in front of the fans from the grandstand.
However, according to the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, quoted by the Portuguese O Jogo, not all players participated in this demo. According to the newspaper, Swedish player Simon Jansson, who plays for Kuzbass, was embarrassed by the attitude of his teammates and returned to the locker room. “I marked a position with this gesture”, comments the player who says he is incredulous at the attitude of his team.
But not all foreigners turned away from the gesture of the Russian players. According to the Finnish press, Tuomas Määttä, star of Neftjanik, would also have participated in the demonstration in support of the Russian army, although visibly upset.