The midfielder announced his retirement from the national team of Ukraine because of the policy
Central defender Petersburg «Zenith» in his Instagram account announced resignation from the national team of Ukraine. The decision 30-year-old explained that «football has become big politics».
Rakitskiy moved to Zenit from FC Shakhtar Donetsk in January 2019. After the transfer, the defender, previously always played for the national team ceased to be called.
«That fear is driving the people who send out invitations to the national team. Not skills football skills, you appeal. Football is the policy?» — posted by Rakitskiy.
The defender played for Shakhtar for the past 12 seasons, from 2006 to 2019. In the national team of Ukraine was called in 2009 after spending her 54 matches and scoring five goals. Rakytskyy played in the national team in the European Championships of 2012 and 2016.
«It has been my honor to protect my country’s national team, an honor to win and prove the power of the Ukrainians. Honor to represent the colors of its flag in the international arena», — said the player.
RBC appealed for review to the President of the football Federation of Ukraine Andriy Pavelko.
In the «Zenith» Rakytskyy became the champion of Russia at the end of last season. In total, he played for the St. Petersburg club 36 matches, scored nine goals and made five assists.