Zorya CEO slams ‘dirty and drunk’ Manchester in homophobic rant.
The Ukrainian side came up against one of the most prestigious sides in world football, but the club’s chief was left far from impressed by the city.
Zorya CEO Sergei Rafailov has taken a swipe at Manchester following the Ukrainian club’s Europa League visit to Old Trafford, labelling the city “dirty” amid a rant in which he also condemned homosexuality.
Rafailov may feel aggrieved that his side failed to pick any points during their trip to England, but is undoubtedly happy that he will not have to return to face Man Utd any time soon.
“When we were in England we were only in Manchester and I did not like the city,” he told Zorya’s official website.
“It was very dirty. Near the hotel, which was, incidentally, in the city centre, there were homeless people sleeping on the pavement at night.
“I went out for a walk in the evening and went a little further from the centre. It was even worse there. Masses of drunk people. It was bizarre for me to see men walking down the street and kissing. I did not like it.
“I would suggest we think about European integration 20 times [before we accept it]. I would not like my grandchildren to go outside and see men kissing and homeless people sleeping in the centre of the city.”
Zorya currently sit at the foot of Europa League Group A with one point from two matches and face Feyenoord in the Netherlands in their next European clash.