Metalist Kharkiv’s Sebastian Blanco refuses to return to Ukraine after the airplane shooting

Metalist Kharkiv’s Sebastian Blanco has joined six Shakhtar Donetsk players in refusing to go back to Ukraine.

Metalist are currently in Austria for pre-season training, but Blanco has now told Argentinian paper Ole that he has no intention of going back with his teammates to Kharkiv.

Blanco said: “With what happened I did not feel like returning to Ukraine. These are not normal times. My decision is to stay in Buenos Aires. I will not return to Ukraine”.

Kharkiv is just 50km from the Russian border in the west of Ukraine.