Russian football coach Sergey Yuran has been criticized for his participation in a friendly match in support of Russian troops and the country's military aggression against Ukraine. The match was organized to boost morale among Russian troops. Yuran's involvement in the event has been seen as a political statement rather than a sporting one, and many have condemned his actions.
Yuran is not the only Russian coach or athlete to be accused of using their platform to promote political agendas. Many have called for sports organizations to take action against those who use their status to support harmful political ideologies. Some have suggested that athletes and coaches who engage in such behavior should be barred from competing in international events.