Grozny Adventure: Football and Torture
The Austrian newspaper, “Die Press” has published an article about the agenda of world football with Dutch trainer Ruud Gullit’s transfer to Chechnya.
Ruud Gullit is a Dutch football manager and former football player, who played professionally in the 1980s and 1990s. He was the captain of the Netherlands national team that was victorious at Euro 1988. He was a versatile player. He saw three Italian championships and two European Cup championships during his career with the Italian AC Milan football team. But for the next two years, Gullit will train a Chechen team: FC Terek. It would not be a problem, if Ramzan Kadyrov was not the chair of this club.
The 34-year old Ramzan Kadyrov, who is governing Chechnya with an iron fist, is accused by human rights organizations of torture, murder, kidnapping, corruption and revenge. Kadyrov is now Gullit’s new boss. Kadyrov offered Gullit 3.7 million Euros for an 18 month term, which is a good deal.
We know Gullit was a big fan and admirer of Nelson Mandela. Now, Gullit has chosen to be the head of Kadyrov’s propaganda because football is a method of propaganda in Chechnya.
What were the reasons for this Dutch football manager’s decision? Does his wife Estelle need a lot money for shopping? Does he want to guarantee a secure future for his six children? Many more questions were discussed in the Dutch media. Gullit only said, “I never choose the easy way.”
One thing is sure; Gullit had lost his reputation as a player and a coach. Now he has also lost his moral authority in the football world as well.
*Text was translated by Waynakh Online and edited by Michael Capobianco