Zozulya gives up on Rayo move af­ter ‘Nazi’ furore

New Straits Times - - Sport -

Ukraine in­ter­na­tional Ro­man Zozulya on Thurs­day said he has given up on his planned trans­fer to Rayo Val­le­cano and will re­main at Real Betis un­til the end of the sea­son af­ter be­ing caught up in a ‘neo-Nazi’ row.

Zozulya, 27, spent just 24 hours on loan at the Madrid club last month be­fore be­ing re­called by Betis af­ter Rayo fans greeted his ar­rival with ban­ners read­ing: “Vallekas is not the place for Nazis.”

“Real Betis, Ro­man Zozulya and Rayo Val­le­cano have reached an agree­ment to end the con­tract be­tween the three par­ties on the trans­fer of the player to Rayo Val­le­cano,” said the sec­ond-di­vi­sion Madrid club in a state­ment.

“Zozulya will train with Real Betis in the ex­pec­ta­tion of study­ing the dif­fer­ent pos­si­bil­i­ties for the player to join an­other team.”

Zozulya has in­sisted he was “not linked to or a sup­porter of any para­mil­i­tary or neo-Nazi group.”

How­ever, he did ad­mit to “col­lab­o­rat­ing with the Ukrainian army to help pro­tect his coun­try.”

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