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FCB: Edon Zhegrova is a victim of the Kosovo conflict

Maybe Edon Zhegrova had conjured on the Black sea, Yes. Because magic in his feet, you know, in Basel, although the 20-year-old loan player does not have a main role in the FCB. Because he may be in love just because of the magic in his feet and tidy ball, the coach and all the observers know.

What you don't want to know, but again and again, to find out about sports has to do something with politics. Because of the professional athletes Zhegrova is no magic on the Black sea, if the FC Basel commencing today (16.50 CET) in the Europa League . FC Basel and his players have no need for a visa application, because this can not be used without great hardship would be placed.

Zhegrova is grew up in Germany, but only in possession of a Kosovo passport. This while the Russian government is close to Serbia, which does formally still claim to the territory of Kosovo. In Slavic brother the Serbs know to your closest ally on your side: Russia is among those States which do not recognize the independence of Kosovo. With China, the Russians also prevent by the exercise of the Veto Right in the security Council of the United Nations, the inclusion of Kosovo in the UNO.

in Order to get (possibly) a visa for the trip to Russia, would have Zhegrova have far more company than about a Swiss citizen. The FCB was granted, inter alia, that he would have had to travel for part of the procedure to Belgrade. So, in the capital of that country, with its Kosovan home is unchanged in the conflict.

That one is in Rotblau of that humiliating walk to Canossa, uncertain know refused, to understand. All the more if one takes into account the current situation of The FC Basel is playing with ten points before the last two group for the knockout stages of the Europa League qualifies and has thus achieved the main goal. Now a win is enough for him in any case to have the group complete as the first.

Nevertheless, one regrets at FC Basel, of course, that one is traveled without Zhegrova. Since the external attacker would have been in this game for more than a few minutes in question. On Sunday, the important top game at home against BSC Young Boys. There it is – in the absence of the suspended Valentin Stocker on a fresh Noah, Okafor, and a fresh Kevin Bua on the wings

Roland Heri, CEO of FC Basel, says instructed: "It is always annoying when an athlete can't travel so that he can pursue his profession. We are - how many other Clubs are also in constant contact with Uefa in order to improve this Situation. But it should not be only for athletes but for all people better."

Zhegrovas case is reminiscent of the Armenian attacker Henrich Mchitarjan. The Arsenal-professional abandoned in the spring after a long Back and Forth on the Europa League Final in the Azerbaijan capital of Baku. Between Azerbaijan and Armenia conflict over the Nagorno-Karabakh Region is simmering. Mchitarjan possible participation in the big game in Baku was therefore a political issue.

Also, for FC Basel, it is not new that the international politics complicates the sport life: the Basel in the summer of 2013 in the qualification for the Champions League Maccabi Tel-Aviv met, has been exercised by the Arab side a lot of pressure on the two Egyptians in what was then FCB Team and especially on Mohamed Salah. You should not have to compete against the Club from the Israeli enemy country and certainly not on Israeli soil.

The former FCB leadership of President Bernhard Heusler, and sporting Director Georg Heitz had some talks with current Liverpool Star, before it was clear that Salah weighted sports are higher than politics. This decided characters: In the home match (1:0) by he before the game, the shoes band, instead of the Handshake with the opponent. In the return game, he tagged this Handshake by fist and by he scored the 3:3 goal to 2:0.

at Least the squad compilation for the Europa League trip gives no indication about the number of tribal forces, the Basel starting line-up in Krasnodar will come up: FCB coach Marcel Koller has not put together the group so that at the airport only those professionals came to see, for comparison, in Russia indisposed - or played in the previous season, no role.

the home remained in addition to Zhegrova consequently, the long-term injured Ricky van Wolfswinkel (convalescent after aneurysm surgery), Zdravko Kuzmanovic (convalescent after Achilles tendon SURGERY), Eric Ramires (convalescent after a torn thigh muscle in the thigh) and the suspended Xhaka, as well as the young professionals Yves Emperor, Julian Vonmoos, Tician Tushi and Yannick Marchand Taulant. In addition to these Absentees to add to Raoul Petretta also. The left-back is not affected for the first Time in this season of hip problems.

Created: 27.11.2019, 09:36 PM

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