Lokomotiv Moscow manager Markus Gisdol has resigned in protest against Russia’s war on Ukraine. The 52-year-old German, who took office last October, said he was “absolutely convinced” that his decision was the right one.
Gisdol, who had previously spent his entire playing and coaching career in his native country, most recently at Cologne, had been in charge for 12 matches.
He told Bild“Being a football coach is the best job in the world. But I can’t do this job in a country whose leader invaded another country in the middle of Europe. This does not go with my values and therefore I have resigned from the leadership of Lokomotiv Moscow with immediate effect.
“I can’t stay on the training ground in Moscow and train the players, ask them to be professional while a few kilometers away orders are being given that are hurting the people of an entire country. is my personal decision and I am absolutely convinced that it is the right one.
Gisdol’s decision came the day after Fifa and UEFA acted in unison to suspend Russian teams from international football competition. This means that Spartak Moscow, the only Russian club remaining in European competition, will no longer participate in the Europa League. Lokomotiv were also in the Europa League but finished last in their group.