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Oligarch Dmitry Rybolovlev’s AS Monaco raises questions in Ligue 1

Oligarch Dmitry Rybolovlev’s AS Monaco raises questions in Ligue 1

Axel May, edited by Gauthier Delomez
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06:38, March 01, 2022

With the Ukrainian crisis, the international community is taking sanctions against Russia, and these also concern the field of sport. Russian athletes become personæ non gratae. In France, the AS Monaco football club, owned by oligarch Dmitri Rybolovlev, is forced to keep a low profile.

The Ukrainian crisis
enters the world of sport. The international community has been taking sanctions against Russia in recent days, and Fifa expelled the national team from the FIFA World Cup
. This international crisis is affecting clubs owned by Russian interests, such as Chelsea in England, or AS Monaco. The very discreet Dmitry Rybolovlev has owned the club in the principality for ten years, and several of his compatriots manage it on a daily basis. It gets messy in the French championship

Stade de Reims delays kick-off in solidarity with Ukraine

This weekend, for example, the Stade de Reims played against the Monegasque club on the occasion of the 26th day of Ligue 1. The Rémois delayed the kick-off of the match by five minutes as a sign of support for the ‘Ukraine. “It’s a bit tricky because we know Monaco’s shareholder and we didn’t want to make the people of Monaco or the club uncomfortable,” explains the president of the Reims club, Jean-Pierre Caillot. “It was we who took the initiative, at the Stade de Reims, to very symbolically delay the kick-off,” he continues.

Rybolovlev left Russia a long time ago

Who is Dmitry Rybolovlev? This oligarch made his fortune after the breakup of the USSR in potash, an ore that is used in particular to make fertilizers. L’Equipe explains that the president of the ASM is not close to Vladimir Putin. As for his links with Alexander Lukashenko, the president of Belarus, it would be because the country is a potash producer, according to the newspaper. Facing Reims, Prince Albert II was in any case very present in the official gallery. But a question will arise: could certain Ligue 1 teams refuse to come and play in the principality?

The club sent Europe 1 a press release from Oleg Petrov, the Vice-President and General Manager of AS Monaco. “The situation was obviously difficult and very painful, which we are following closely. As the manager of a football club, I think the ground that you can imagine being suitable for a confrontation is the sports field. .I hope peace will come as soon as possible,” he said.

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