Celta Vigo’s Fedor Smolov breaks quarantine, travels to Russia for girlfriend’s 18th birthday

Celta Vigo’s Fedor Smolov breaks quarantine

As confirmed in the Guardian, Russian international striker Fedor Smolov is the latest footballer who has breached quarantine rules.

Indeed, Smolov is the second player at Celta Vigo to get into trouble during the Covid-19 crisis.

The first incident arose at the end of March, when Danish international Pione Sisto decided to drive back to Scandinavia from Spain.

According to ESPN, Pione Sisto only told Celta of his whereabouts once he’d completed a 26-hour journey back to Denmark.


Fedor Smolov travelled to Russia for girlfriend’s 18th birthday

30-year-old Fedor Smolov broke Spain’s quarantine laws to travel to Russia for his girlfriend’s 18th birthday. Her name is Maria Yumashev.

The footballer reportedly left Spain on a private plane.

The Guardian claim that Smolov is engaged to Maria Yumashev, who is the granddaughter of the former Russian president Boris Yeltsin.

Spanish paper AS have published the following statement from Celta Vigo on the Smolov incident:

The player repeatedly requested permission to travel to Russia for a personal matter.

The club could not give it to him because La Liga did not authorise it, but he promptly reported his movements and left with the commitment to return once he solved his personal affairs.

It remains unclear if Celta Vigo will start disciplinary proceedings against Smolov.

Fedor Smolov posts on update on Instagram

On Sunday night, Smolov took to social media to explain his side of the story:

Due to the situation and the closure of borders, I have been forced to return to Russia to be closer to my family.

I am very grateful to Celta for their support and I would like to emphasise that I informed the club about all the steps.

Now that I am in mandatory quarantine. I am in continuous contact with the technical team to follow the protocol that has been established.

I ask you to treat this situation with understanding. As soon as everything starts to improve I will be happy to return to Vigo.


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В реалиях нынешней ситуации, нашей общей борьбы с вирусом, особенно при закрытии границ, ситуация потребовала моего возвращения в Россию, что бы быть ближе к моей семье. Я благодарен Сельте за понимание и хочу подчеркнуть, что обо всех шагах информировал клуб. Сейчас будучи на обязательном карантине, нахожусь в регулярном контакте с тренерским штабом для выполнения обязательной программы. Прошу с пониманием отнестись к данной ситуации. При первых изменениях к лучшему и первому требованию клуба буду счастлив вернуться в Виго. Debido a la situación que se presenta y al cierre de fronteras me he visto obligado a regresar a Rusia para estar más cerca de mi familia. Estoy muy agradecido al Celta por su apoyo y me gustaría enfatizar que Informé al club sobre todos los pasos. Ahora que estoy en cuarentena obligatoria, estoy en contacto continuo con el equipo técnico para seguir el protocolo que se ha establecido. Les pido que traten esta situación con comprensión. En cuanto todo empiece a mejorar estaré encantado de volver a Vigo.❤️⚽️

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This article was edited by Benjamin Newman.