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Sports briefs: 6 soccer players refuse to return to Ukraine
First Published Jul 21 2014 10:33 pm • Last Updated Jul 22 2014 05:36 pm

Soccer • Shakhtar Donetsk’s owner says six players have refused to return to Ukraine for the new season as conflict rages around the club’s home city.

Five Brazilians and one Argentine player remained in France following a friendly on Saturday.

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In a statement on the club’s website, owner Rinat Akhmetov warned the players that "they will suffer" if they do not return, because their actions could activate compensation clauses forcing them to pay "tens of millions of euros" to Shakhtar.

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