The lovers of one of the greatest Finnish ice-hockey clubs have been threatening an all-round boycott on the group’s home games should they take to play a match in protest-torn Minsk.
The Helsinki-based Jokerit team is set to confront Dinamo Minsk on Thursday for the opening game of Europe’s greatest professional ice-hockey league, the KHL.
But the lovers say it’d hazard legitimizing the power of Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko, who had been elected for a term following a hugely contested presidential election on August 9.
Jokerit director Jari Kurri explained his staff did attempt to postpone the match – however Dinamo Minsk it.
“We’ve decided to visit Minsk only on game day and return immediately,” he said, adding that the club expectation is that”Belarus will discover a peaceful solution to the political scenario”.
The editor of a local sports magazine, Hufvudstadsbladet, stated that the enthusiast’s movement will shift attention from ice-hockey” to individual rights” but ruled the match is going to probably be called off.
“The proprietors of Jokerit have strong ties with the Kremlin”, ” he explained.
Dinamo Minsk’s buffs have declared a boycott of dwelling games also – following the club owners voiced support for Lukashenko from the press, according to news agency AFP.
You can see the interview from the media player over.