02, 28 According to an exclusive report by Romanian and Central European sports journalists Emanuel Roșu and Dumitru Garcaliuc, on February 14, the
The Moldovan FA announced the match two days before Moldovan side Sharif (also known as Tiraspol Sheriff) and Partizan Belgrade were due to play the first leg of their UEFA Europa League breakout match in Kipaninoiu.
The competition will be held privately.
The decision came after a public request from Moldovan secretive SIS, a day after Moldovan President Maia Sandu spoke of Russia’s plans to take control of the country.
The President of Moldova stated that the Russian side hopes to complete the infiltration of personnel through football games.
“Russia’s plan is to bring in thugs with military backgrounds who can divert attention, launch violent operations, attack state institutions and take hostages, and their purpose is to complete the coup.”
Moldovan intelligence has obtained documents intercepted by Ukrainian colleagues that clearly illustrate Russia’s plans.
“These documents provide a comprehensive analysis of the logistics and location of actions against public order. Also, these documents explain how to enter Moldova if you are a citizen of Russia, Belarus, Serbia and Montenegro,” Sandu said.
It’s worth mentioning that the larger context of this is that Tiraspol Sheriff is located in Transnistria, which is part of Moldova but has close ties to Russia, and their home games are played in Kipa
Moldovan government sources have revealed that the first group of 12 Serbian citizens to watch the match arrived in the country as early as Monday, three days ahead of the match scheduled for Thursday, February 16.
As most traveling fans say, it’s highly unusual for an organized team to travel so many days before a game, and Moldova isn’t much of a tourist attraction.
The 12 were denied entry to Moldova and needed to find a way to return to Belgrade.
More Serbian citizens planned to travel via Bucharest on Tuesday, but failed to do so.
Moldovan MP and National Security Council member Cheptonar told the media: “The Moldovan Secret Service informed us that Kremlin-assisted agents, Russian citizens, are planning to enter Moldova with forged documents so that they can be identified as Serbs.
, Belarusian or Montenegrin.”
A total of 57 people were denied entry to Moldova ahead of the match between the sheriff and the guerrillas, including four boxers from Montenegro who claimed they were there for the match.
Authorities in Serbia and Montenegro reacted to Moldova’s ban on its own citizens, demanding official reasons and evidence to support the difficult decision.
The Russian side mocked Moldova’s early warning behavior.
At least six of the 12 supporters who were not allowed to enter Moldova on February 13 were members of the pro-Russian extremist group Narodna Patrola, whose leader Damjan Knievic publicly supported Russia.
In November, he visited St. Petersburg and the Wagner Group, a government-linked mercenary force led by Yevgeny Prigozhin.
In the end, the Sheriff won 3-1 in Belgrade in the second leg of the UEFA breakout match to secure a place in the last 16 of the UEFA Europa League.
From the stands, the Russian flag could be seen flying alongside those of Serbia and the partisans.
Members of Narodna Patrola, including supporters of the guerrilla extremist group Grobari, shouted Russia’s name and waved Russian army symbols in Belgrade a few days ago to make their voices heard.