Russia change: Heurtel threatens exclusion from the national team

Basketball : Russia change: Heurtel threatens exclusion from the national team

France international Thomas Heurtel has signed a one-year contract with an option at Zenit Saint Petersburg. Photo: Marius Becker/dpa (Photo: dpa)

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Berlin (dpa) – The basketball professional Thomas Heurtel is threatened with temporary exclusion from the French national team because of his move to the Russian club Zenit Saint Petersburg.

In a statement, the French federation announced that by signing the contract, the defender violated the declaration that all players of the European vice champion had signed before the European Championships in Cologne and Berlin. In it, the professionals assured that they were not employed by any club in Russia or Belarus and that they were not planning to take a job there in the near future.

Should Heurtel appear for Saint Petersburg, he will not be nominated for the upcoming measures and major events, including the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. The association also announced that it only found out about Heurtel’s move via Twitter on the Internet. The 33-year-old has signed a one-year deal with Zenit, which includes an option to extend for another season.

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