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Gisdol quits Lokomotiv Moscow over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

Berlin (AFP) – German football coach Markus Gisdol said Tuesday that he quit as head coach of Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow in protest over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“Being a football coach is the best job in the world, but I can’t pursue my vocation in a country whose leader is responsible for a war of aggression in the middle of Europe,” Gisdol told German daily Bild.

“That’s not in line with my values.”

The 52-year-old took over im Moscow last October, but quit because “I can’t stand on the training ground in Moscow and a few kilometres away orders are given that bring great suffering to an entire nation.

“This is my personal decision and I am absolutely convinced of that.”

However, in a statement on the club’s website, Lokomotiv Moscow said Gisdol was “dismissed” with former Germany defender Marvin Compper replacing him as caretaker coach.

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  1. ABritInNY

    March 1, 2022 at 3:04 pm

    Of course Marvin Compper rushed to replace him. History has clearly shown us that where one German might have a slight conscience, there’ll always be a host more, ready, willing and able to replace them at a moments notice.
    But of course LOK Moscow, we believe you, 😉 of course you “dismissed him” rather than him walking out on you as he says. After all, why would anyone doubt the word of a Russian these days? 😜

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