Hasek was taking Fetisov to task over the latter’s complaints about Russia’s continuing exclusion from the Olympic movement.
“The status that we are offered, almost like refugees, is a humiliating story,” Fetisov was telling Russian website sports.ru. “Of course, everyone can make their own decision, they can live with it … But today, I think we should be there with a flag and an anthem.”
Fetisov is a deputy of the Russian Duma. Generating his anger are suggestions that Russian athletes may only be participating in the Olympic Games if they are competing under an independent banner.
Stop lying! They are citizens of 🇷🇺and🇧🇾and represent the actions of their country. That is 🇷🇺aggressive war,killings and crimes,including genocide.Because they can play in tournaments many more🇺🇦and🇷🇺die.The WTA bears full responsibility for this and will pay billions of $ to 🇺🇦 https://t.co/eZBPeR6mm3
— Dominik Hasek (@hasek_dominik) July 28, 2023
This is a proposal that Hasek was putting forth. Recently, the European Parliament was granting the legendary Czech goalie the chance to be addressing them in Strasbourg, France. Hasek is of the opinion that Russian athletes should only be eligible for participation in international sporting competitions if they are renouncing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Hasek’s response to Fetisov’s denouncing of his suggestion was straightforward and to the point.
“If you have anyone to blame, then blame youself,” Hasek posted on his social media in responding to Fetisov.
Legendary Red Wings At Odds Over Russian Invasion Of Ukraine
Hasek recently visited war-torn Ukraine, which Russia invaded in February. He was encouraging Russian athletes to speak out against the war. At the same time, he understood why many might be relucant to do so.
“We know very well that any Russian who is condemning the war and (Russian president Vladimir) Putin’s actions will not only face bullying but will probably be going to court and be facing conviction,” Hasek said.
Fetisov downplayed Hasek’s suggestion, criticizing his fellow Hockey Hall of Famer, and pointing out that at one time, Hasek was playing pro hockey in the KHL for Mosow Spartak.
“Dominik himself played with us, if I’m not mistaken, and he received a good salary for this,” Fetisov told Athletistic.com. “Why does he deny others the opportunity to play and earn money? It’s kind of nonsense. Let him return the money he earned here, then everything will be fair.”