Moscow. August 30. INTERFAX – Josip Brekalo, Croatian player of the club “Wolfsburg”, included in the list of the best young players in Europe, refused the captain’s armband – thus he expressed his protest against the decision of the leadership of the Bundesliga, obliging the captains of German clubs in the next round to wear a headband in rainbow colors.
“I grew up in a religious family. If someone chooses a lifestyle different from mine, that’s fine, because that’s his business. But I don’t want to wear a special symbol to support someone because it’s contrary to my Christian worldview,” said 20-year-old player in an interview with “Kicker”, which is quoted on Thursday, “Rossiyskaya Gazeta”.
In the social networks of the player once branded the supporters of the “free lifestyle”.
For the first time to wear rainbow armbands on the captains was offered in 2017 in the team “Manchester United”. First on a dare Guram Kashia, Georgian captain of the Dutch “Vitesse”, now coached by Leonid Slutsky. After that, many in Georgia advised the captain not to return home.
“This case once again shows how deep out West politics gets into sport and dictate their own “values and rules” players who should do their main job, on the playing fields. For me, as for probably many athletes of my generation, this case looks absolutely wild. It’s inconceivable to imagine that a hint of something similar would have happened in those years, when I played,” he told two-time Olympic champion Alexander Maltsev.