Fomenko to quit as Ukraine coach after last Euro game against Poland
Ukraine coach Mykhaylo Fomenko says he will quit after Tuesday’s last group game against Poland at Euro 2016.euro 2016 Updated: Jun 21, 2016 14:52 IST
Ukraine coach Mykhaylo Fomenko says he will quit after Tuesday’s last group game against Poland at Euro 2016.
Ukraine have no chance of reaching the knockout stages after defeats to Germany and Northern Ireland in Group C.
“What sense does it make to continue after failing with the task that was set for the tournament?”, Fomenko told Ukraine’s national TV channel “Football”.
Fomenko said on Monday that Ukraine’s two-year-old war stopped the country getting past the European Championship finals group stage.
“Football in Ukraine is not an exceptional thing, in our lives we have a very hard situation, a conflict situation, football is influenced by that,” Fomenko told reporters in Marseille ahead of their final match against Poland.
“Our domestic league suffered too because of it, there is a chain reaction, the consequences of it are that we could not fulfil our task here to get out of the group,” he said.
With two defeats against Germany and Northern Ireland to start Group C, Ukraine became the first team to be eliminated at Euro 2016, and have only pride to play for in the Stade Velodrome.
“We say sorry for that to our supporters,” Fomenko said.
Even if Ukraine beat Poland they cannot overtake the third-placed Northern Ireland.