Ukraine wants to punish former football captain Anatoly Tymoshchuk for his silence on the Russian invasion

Tymoshchuk, Ukraine’s record capper, is likely to have his coaching license and state awards revoked for his silence on the Russian invasion of Ukraine. He is currently working with a Russian club Zenit Saint Petersburg.

Anatoliy Tymoshchuk continues to work with Russian club Zenit St. Petersburg (AFP Photo)


  • Anatoliy Tymoshchuk continues to work with Zenit St. Petersburg
  • Ukraine plans to revoke Tymoshchuk’s coaching license
  • His state awards are also likely to be withdrawn

A Football Association of Ukraine (UAF) is poised to strip ex-national team captain Anatoliy Tymoshchuk of his coaching license and awards for remaining silent on the Russian invasion and his continued work with Russian football club Zenit Saint Petersburg.

Tymoshchuk, 42, is Ukraine’s record capper with 144 caps between 2000 and 2016. He won league titles with Shakhtar Donetsk and Zenit Saint Petersburg while winning the treble with Bayern Munich in 2013.

He is currently an assistant coach at Zenit Saint Petersburg.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has led to sanctions on sports around the world. Several Ukrainian athletes have denounced the war and also expressed their support for their armed forces.

“Since the beginning of Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine, Tymoshchuk … not only has not made any public statements in this regard, but has also not stopped working with the attacker’s club,” the UAF Ethics and Fair Play Committee said in a statement.

“At a time when another ex-club, Bayern Munich, is releasing statements and taking actions in support of Ukraine, Tymoshchuk remains silent.”

According to the Reuters news agency, she suggested that the UAF revoke his coaching license. She also wants to strip Tymoshchuk of his league and cup winners’ medals in Ukraine and exclude him from the official register of national team players.

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