Foreign players and coaches are leaving Russian clubs with ‘heavy hearts.’


Foreign players and coaches are quitting Russian football, handball, and basketball clubs as the invasion of Ukraine escalates.

The most high-profile departures are in football.
Daniel Farke has left Krasnodar without coaching a game.

Edmund Riemer, Chris Domogalla, and Christopher John were among the German’s assistants when he was appointed in January.

“The current political development and the pleas from our children, wives, families and friends to come home, as well as the disappearance of all sporting prospects, led to this well-considered decision,” said Farke.

Russian media reported that Polish international Grzegorz Krychowia has also asked to leave Krasnodar.

The European handball and basketball federations’ decisions to remove clubs from their major leagues have aided in the migration.

Zenit’s Stanislav Kritsyuk

Zenit St. Petersburg, who finished fifth, and CSKA Moscow, who finished sixth, have both announced the departure of international players for “family and personal reasons relating to the current circumstances,” according to the Moscow club.


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