Gurban Gurbanov, the coach of FC Karabakh, who receives FC Nantes this Thursday in the Europa League, began his press conference with a solemn declaration: ” It is very hard for me to speak today in front of you, because 50 of our people died in the conflict a few hours ago, there is a war on the border, and until this morning I I was only interested in that, in those young soldiers who died. »
” It is very hard for me to speak today in front of you, because 50 of our people died in the conflict a few hours ago. »
Serious incidents between the army of Azerbaijan and that of Armenia caused 50 victims on the Azeri side and 49 on the Armenian side overnight from Monday to Tuesday, in the border area of Nagorno Karabakh, which the two countries have been fighting over for almost 35 years old.
If Baku, where the meeting takes place, is located more than 300 kilometers from the confrontation zone, these events are in everyone’s mind. Including that of Kady, the club’s Brazilian striker: “I want to express all my affection to the families, my support in these difficult times, my condolences to the loved ones of the victims. I hope it will get better very soon. In the street, when I walk with my wife, passers-by tell us that our performance on the field must give them more strength. The soldiers are real heroes, we are here to help them. »
The Azeri club has submitted to UEFA its wish to honor a minute of silence before the kick-off of the match. This Wednesday morning, she was awaiting the response from the officials of the European body.