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Leonid Slutsky will not comment on the remaining matches of the 2018 World Cup after the mention of Navalny on air

At the same time, on June 21 the coach leaves for the training camp with the Dutch club.

Leonid Slutsky. Photo by RIA Novosti

Former Russian national football team coach Leonid Slutsky announced that he will no longer comment on the 2018 World Cup matches on the First Channel. The commentator stated this at the end of the broadcast of the Russia-Egypt match, which ended with a score of 3: 1.

After the final whistle, Slutsky said on the air: “I finish working on Channel One, because it’s time to start another activity.” He did not specify what activity he was talking about, but now he is training the Dutch club “Vitesse”. On June 21, the coach travels with his team to the preseason.

The statement of the commentator immediately reacted in social networks. He was praised earlier for his work: on the “Championship” there was an article with the title “Why the trainer Leonid Slutsky is the best Russian commentator”.

Attention to Slutsky as a commentator attracted his phrase about Alexei Navalny. Commentator Cyril Dementiev suggested that the German national team will go to the game of “bulk football”. Then Slutsky rhetorically asked “Navalny plays football?” And after an awkward pause he added “It would be interesting to look.” It turned into a meme and sparked a discussion, since politics is usually not mentioned on Channel One.

After that Vasily Utkin announced the termination of work with the First Channel , who criticized the channel for censorship in his Telegram channel. Also there were rumors that Kirill Dementiev would lose his work, but he denied it .

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