Thomas Heurtel has “don’t give a fuck” comments about his departure to Russia

TOBIAS SCHWARZ / AFP France’s Thomas Heurtel and Poland’s Aaron Cel (R) compete during the FIBA ​​Eurobasket 2022 basketball semifinal match between Poland and France in Berlin on September 16, 2022. (Photo by Tobias SCHWARZ/AFP)


Thomas Heurtel, here during the Eurobasket semifinal between Poland and France, in Berlin, Germany, on September 16, 2022.

BASKETBALL – French international manager Thomas Heurtel responded sharply this Monday, October 10, to people who criticized his choice to join the Zenith St. Petersburg club in Russia, believing that he had none. “completely nothing to fuck”.

“Just so you know, to all the people who send me messages or write comments criticizing me for my decision to come to Russia or any decision in general, know that I don’t give a damn.”Heurtel wrote on his social networks (see below), adding: “So don’t be ‘loose’ and stop fooling around. And please, above all, buy yourself a life!! Thanks in advance “.



Message from Thomas Heurtel posted on his Instagram account on October 10, 2022.

Sworn declaration

On October 2, the 33-year-old manager had played his first minutes of play with Saint Petersburg, which he joined on September 21, just a few weeks after signing, like all the Blues players selected for the European Championship, a certificate in honor “indicating that he was not committed and that he was not considering signing for a Russian or Belarusian club”as the French Basketball Federation (FFBB) recalls.

Upon making his debut with the Russian club, the 99-cap international was deprived of the France national team, one year from the 2023 World Cup in Indonesia, Japan and the Philippines (August 25 to September 10) and two years from the Olympic Games of 2024 in Paris.

In fact, the federal office of the FFBB decided on July 28 that French players participating in Russian or Belarusian clubs would not be “more selectable” until the end of the war in Ukraine.

In addition to Heurtel, two other French players are playing in the Russian championship: Louis Labeyrie (33 games) in Kazan and Livio Jean-Charles (4 games) in CSKA Moscow, they also cannot claim new calls in blue.

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