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Citing battle danger, six players to go AWOL from Ukraine soccer team
Citing battle danger, six players to go AWOL from Ukraine soccer team

Six players with reigning Ukrainian Premier League champion Shakhtar Donetsk have refused to return to Donetsk because of the fighting surrounding the city, club management confirmed. The six -- five Brazilians and an Argentine -- were with the team in France for a friendly last weekend but refused to accompany the squad home to the Ukraine. In a statement posted on the club’s website and reprinted in the London Guardian, team owner Rinat Akhmetov threatened to invoke clauses in the players’ contracts that could force them to pay “tens of millions or euros” to Shakhtar. The six players -- Brazilians Frederico Rodriguez de Paula Santos, Douglas Costa, Dentinho,...

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