Vitalii Sapylo,21, a tragic youth-team player with second division team Karpaty Lviv, was slain by Russians during a brutal skirmish near Kyiv. He had enlisted in the army as a tank commander to protect his country from Putin’s troops.
When their apartment block near the capital was destroyed, Dmytro Martynenko, 25, an amateur footballer with regional team FC Gostomel, died alongside his mother.
According to reports, the players were the sport’s “first reported losses in this war.” After hearing that Mr. Sapylo had died courageously fighting Russian troops on Friday, his bereaved squad praised him as a “hero.”
“We cherish the eternal memory of this hero,” the club said in a statement.
In a heartfelt statement confirming their deaths, the international football association FIFPRO paid respect to the couple. “Our sympathies are with the families, friends, and teammates of young Ukrainian footballers Vitalii Sapylo and Dmytro Martynenko, football’s first reported losses in this war,” the statement added.
“May they both rest in peace.”
Who Was Vitalii Sapylo? What was the cause of his death?
Vitalii Sapylo is a young Ukrainian player. He died while defending the capital. He was on the open market with weapons in his hands, prepared to fight for his nation from invaders.
According to legend, Sapylo was engaged in the war in Kyiv, where he was fighting against Russian troops to defend the capital. The enemy troopers were most likely responsible for his death.
In addition to FIFPRO, the Ukraine-based membership announced his death and expressed condolences and prayers for the footballer’s peace.
Due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, FIFA and UEFA have banned Russia’s national teams and clubs from international football until further notice.
Russia is expected to be removed from this year’s World Cup and the women’s Euro 2020 competition due to the action.
“FIFA and UEFA have today decided together that all Russian teams, whether national representative teams or club teams, shall be suspended from participation in both FIFA and UEFA competitions until further notice,” UEFA stated in a statement.
Russia was set to host Poland in a World Cup qualifying playoff on March 24. If they are suspended until then, they will be eliminated from the tournament and unable to compete in the finals in Qatar in November.
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