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Russian hockey players are not welcome in Prague, Czech diplomacy said before the NHL match –


PRAGUE. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic has informed the clubs San Jose Sharks and Nashville Predators that their Russian players are not welcome in the country. The 105th edition of the NHL will start on October 7 in Prague’s O2 Arena with the matches of these two teams, but it is questionable whether they will appear in them also hockey players with a Russian passport. A possible ban on entry into the country would concern forwards Jakov Trenin from Nashville and Yevgenij Svečnikov from San Jose. Sharks defender Nikolaj Knyžov will not travel to Prague due to injury. territory,” Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Martin Smolek said in a statement, according to the AP agency. The ministry further added that it had informed the overseas pro league about the ongoing negotiations on the entry ban for those citizens of the Russian Federation who had previously received valid visas. The Czech Republic was one of the first countries The EU, which stopped issuing visas to Russian citizens after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February. The only exceptions are humanitarian cases and people persecuted by the regime of Russian President Vladimir Putin. In addition to the two matches in Prague, European NHL matches will also be played on November 4 and 5 in Tampere. The Finnish government has not yet expressed its position on the possible start of Russian players from the Colorado Avalanche and Columbus Blue Jackets teams.



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