Asvel will not play in Russia next week, its president, Tony Parker, announced on Thursday due to the war in Ukraine.

The Villeurbanne club was to play against Zenit Saint-Petersburg on March 1 and against Unics Kazan on March 3 in Euroleague basketball.

"I already spoke with the team before the match against Alba Berlin and I told them that we will not go to Russia", declared Tony Parker in front of the media, after the meeting lost by the Rhone team (82 -80).

"Never in our life will we go to Russia"

“With our values, those of the club and mine, we will never go to Russia next week.

After we have a meeting with the Euroleague, with all the clubs, we will see what they tell us but as Asvel, we will not go to Russia.

We are in 2022 and we cannot accept things like that.

It's big nonsense, ”he added.

“Compared to what was happening in our club, I wanted to reassure everyone, the players, the management.

It was still planned that we stay a week for two games.

We are not going to send our team there for a week with everything that is happening at the moment, ”insisted Tony Parker.

About the fairness of the competition at the end of the season, Tony Parker does not want to worry.

“There are things like that that happen and we adapt.

It goes beyond sports.

Even if we had been in a position to play the play-offs, that does not change anything, ”added the leader of the club, which occupies 15th place in the Euroleague with a series of six defeats in a row.


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