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    Brighton boss slept on floor during Ukraine invasion

    New Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi slept on a hotel floor during the latter stages of his time at Shakhtar Donetsk due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

    De Zerbi and his international players were rushed into a Kyiv hotel to shelter when Russia’s invasion of the country began, where he waited until all his players, their partners, children and parents were en route to safety before arranging his return to Italy.

    The 43-year-old twice refused offers to get himself and his staff out and back to Italy, as he wanted to ensure all his players had been taken care of and found their way across a border.

    Shakhtar’s Junior Moraes told the New York Times in February: “They had two opportunities to leave us and the coach said, ‘No, I stay here until the end.'”

    Speaking to Radio 105 back in Italy, De Zerbi said: “There were those who slept in the bunker [of the hotel] and those in the rooms.

    “I slept in the room to understand what was happening outside the hotel, when I heard a roar would go into the bunker. Then I would go back to my room after a few hours.”


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