Football stars dodge flight to Ukraine

Last updated 10:41 21/07/2014
Fred
Getty Images
FOOTBALL STAR: Brazil's Fred was among the players who missed a flight to Ukraine.

Relevant offers

Football

South Africa again rejects 2010 World Cup bribe allegations Rafa Benitez takes on challenge at Real Madrid Devante Clut leads Brisbane Roar in demolition of Villareal Serbia record first ever win at Fifa U-20 World Cup Senegal, Colombia play out 1-1 draw in U-20 World Cup clash Memphis Depay defies Manchester United orders to sit out PSV matches Dreams of victory to drive Junior All Whites against Myanmar Mexico stay alive in U-20 World Cup after thrilling win over Uruguay Portugal qualify for knockout stages of Fifa U-20 World Cup New Zealand Football see opportunities as Sepp Blatter stands down as president of Fifa

Ukraine's political crisis is taking a toll on world football with six stars from the Shakhtar Donetsk club failing to return to the country from pre-season training in France.

French media partners Infosport and Canal Plus have reported the players missed a flight from Lyon to Ukraine on Saturday night (NZT Sunday) after a pre-season friendly.

Five South American players have been named: Brazil stars Douglas Costa, Fred, Dentinho, Alex Teixeira and Argentina's Facundo Ferreyra.

Donetsk was at the centre of Ukraine's political turmoil. It was the region where Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crashed last week after being shot down by a missile.

The missing players were all on massive deals. If their uneasiness with the Ukraine political turmoil was the cause of them not wanting to return to Ukraine, there would be no lack of interest from other European clubs to sign them up.

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Special offers
Opinion poll

Will Burnley retain their EPL status?

Yes, they've found a winning formula

Maybe, but there’s a long way to go

No. They lack quality in certain areas

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content