A Russian women’s volleyball team has demanded a public apology for the incident
A Russian women’s volleyball team has demanded a public apology from a rival coach after he was caught on camera appearing to call a player a “monkey” in a decisive championship game.
Lokomotiv Kaliningrad head coach Andrey Voronkov was speaking to his team during a time out during the encounter with Uralochka-NTMK, which was the fifth and final clash of their Women’s Super League title streak Russian Thursday night.
Pulling Lokomotiv player Valeriya Zaitseva aside for specific advice, Voronkov was heard telling her: “Why are you still catching that monkey?” »
The comments were widely taken as a reference to black Cuban Uralochka star Ailama Cese Montalvo, prompting outrage from the Yekaterinburg team.
“Andrei Gennadievich [Voronkov] must issue a public apology,” wrote Uralochka on their Telegram channel.
The club’s chief executive, Valentina Ogiyenko, told Match TV the incident was a “international scandal”.
“This program has surely been seen in Cuba, the leaders of the local volleyball federation – 100% [watched it]. You can’t miss this,” said Ogiyenko, herself a former Soviet Olympic gold medalist.
“The Russian Volleyball Federation should take care of it. Also impossible to miss for the Lokomotiv team, the management of the club and not only the club.
“Andrei Voronkov must officially apologize to Ailama. Even if it’s not in front of us, but in front of the girl. It should happen publicly, just as it has been publicly [seen] Across the country.”
Voronkov, 54, was in charge of the Russian men’s team between 2013 and 2015 and represented his country during his time as a player.
The Russian Volleyball Federation has promised an investigation if the footage is confirmed to show what many believe they did.
“If this information is confirmed, we will of course analyze this point”, said deputy general manager Mikhail Podlozny.
“If everything happened with Voronkov as you say, it’s an unpleasant incident. I think the disciplinary committee will look into it.
Neither Lokomotiv nor Voronkov have commented on the incident at the time of writing.
He then saw his side clinch the Russian Women’s Super League title in Kaliningrad with a five-set victory to seal the series with Uralochka 3-2 on aggregate.
The title is the second in a row for Lokomotiv, having won a maiden championship last season.
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