War in Ukraine: Mariupol vice president has no plans to leave the club

Andriy Sanin returned to the situation of FC Mariupol for the Guardian Sportblog.

With the war, football logically took a back seat in Ukraine. For the Sports blog from The Guardianthe vice president of FC Mariupol returned to the situation of his club, while the city was devastated “Our situation in the short term is gloomy, but we will rebuild the city. I cannot imagine a life in Mariupol without football”, he launches from there ‘Start Andriy Sanin.

“Before 24 February we still hoped for FC Mariupol. Even though we were fighting in the Ukrainian first division, we had a long-term vision. Our infrastructure was one of the most developed in the country and we had the ambition to build a team that reaches theEuropa League. In the last four years we have played two preliminary rounds. We had the feeling that we were going to do something special, “says the vice president of FC Mariupol who also explains what his colleagues discovered upon returning to the club’s premises last week.“The windows of the club offices have been smashed, the doors are smashed and there is debris scattered all over the place. It’s even worse when you see the state of our indoor pitch. As for our stadium, we don’t know what state it is in. residents cannot move around the city without passing through the Russian checkpoints and none of our staff managed to get to the stadium. They say they were hit by air strikes. In reality, everything will have to be rebuilt and our club will have to start from scratch. “

The contracts of all employees have been suspended until peace is restored, further details Andriy Sanin who also has to manage the situation of the school for young people. “We have suspended all activities in our academy and asked parents to bring their children home. We have 300 in total, but some of them have not been made up. Our youth coaches welcomed them as if they were their own children. . […] We are now trying to collect the boys from our academy in Zaporizhia, which is relatively safe, to transfer them abroad, but the logistics are dangerous and complicated. ”

The vice president of FC Mariupol also recounts his personal experience of the war and his departure for Croatia. “I have personally experienced all the horrors of the invasion. The worst is not the hunger or thirst we can endure, but the expectation of death at all times. We also experience the constant fear that our loved ones might die too. My wife, son and I stayed in Mariupol until March 21, melting the snow in the courtyard for drinking water and cooking simple meals on the fire in our courtyard. (…) In the end, faced with the damage and death toll surrounding us, we had no choice but to try to leave. After a terrifying 10 hour journey, during which a boy ran out and prevented us from going down a mine strewn road, we finally reached Zaporizhzhia. I am now safe and my family has been evacuated to Croatia as a refugee. “

Finally, Andriy Sanin wanted to be optimistic about the future. “The psychological scars will be long and deep for all who survive. Mariupol will not be abandoned, nor will their football team. I am sure that, with the support of a united democratic world, we will overcome this situation and be able to rebuild everything. I dream that Mariupol will be rebuilt, that it will become even more beautiful and more comfortable than it was before the invasion. “

With the war, football logically took a back seat in Ukraine. For The Guardian’s Sportblog, the vice president of FC Mariupol returned to the situation of his club, as the city was devastated “Our situation in the short term is sad, but we will rebuild the city. I cannot imagine a life in Mariupol without football , “Andriy Sanin immediately says. “Before 24 February we were still hoping for FC Mariupol. Even though we were fighting in the Ukrainian first division, we had a long-term vision. Our infrastructure was one of the most developed in the national team and we had the ambition to build a team that would reach the top level. ‘Europa League. In the last four years we have played two preliminary rounds. We felt we were on the verge of doing something special, “says the vice president of FC Mariupol, who also explains what his colleagues discovered when they returned to the club’s facilities. last week. “Club office windows have been smashed, doors are smashed and there is debris scattered all over the place. It’s even worse when you see the state of our home court. As for our stadium, we don’t know what state it is in. Residents can’t. move around the city without passing through the Russian checkpoints and none of our staff have been able to reach the stadium. It is said that he was hit by air strikes. In reality, everything will have to be rebuilt, and our club will have to start from scratch. ” All employee contracts suspended until peace is restored, further details Andriy Sanin who also has to manage the school situation. young people. “We suspended all activities in our academy and asked parents to bring their children home. We have 300 in total, but some of them have not been recovered. Our youth coaches welcomed them as if they were their own sons. […] We are now trying to take the boys from our academy in Zaporizhia, which is relatively safe, to move them abroad, but the logistics are dangerous and complicated. “The vice president of FC Mariupol also recounts his personal experience facing the war and his departure for Croatia. ” I personally experienced all the horrors of the invasion. The worst is not the hunger or thirst we can bear, but the anticipation of death at any moment. We also have the constant fear that our loved ones may also die. My wife, son and I stayed in Mariupol until March 21, melting the snow in the courtyard to drink water and cooking simple meals over the fire in our courtyard. (…) Finally, given the damage and the number of victims that surround us, we had no choice but to try to leave. After a terrifying 10 hour journey, during which a boy ran out and prevented us from going down a mine strewn road, we finally reached Zaporizhzhia. I am now safe and my family has been evacuated to Croatia as refugees. “Finally, Andriy Sanin wanted to be optimistic for the future.” The psychological consequences will be long and profound for all who survive. Mariupol will not be abandoned, nor will his football team. I am sure that, with the support of a united democratic world, we will overcome this situation and be able to rebuild everything. I dream that Mariupol will be rebuilt, that it will become even more beautiful and more comfortable than it was before the invasion. ”

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