The president of the Russian football club "Torpedo," Ilya Gerkus, is under fire for publicly supporting Russia's military invasion of Ukraine. Gerkus expressed his approval of the actions of the Russian army and President Putin in an interview, which has caused outrage among many in the sports community.
Gerkus is one of the first prominent figures in Russian sports to publicly support Russia's actions in Ukraine, and his comments have been widely condemned. Many people have expressed disappointment that a sports figure like Gerkus would use his platform to support a political agenda that has caused so much harm and suffering.
There have been calls for international sports organizations to take action against individuals who publicly support Russia's invasion of Ukraine, including possible sanctions and bans from future events.