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Vladimir Putin has asks former Premier League player to fight for Russia against Ukraine

Vladimir Putin has called up a former Premier League player to represent Russia in a clash with Ukraine.

Diniyar Bilyaletdinov and Vladimir Putin

Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, a former Premier League player, has been enlisted by Vladimir Putin to fight in the Russian army’s conflict with Ukraine. The news comes as Putin scrambles to enlist 300,000 more soldiers for his army due to the national football team of Russia’s staff refusing to fly back to Russia after their match in Kyrgyzstan.


Rinat, Diniyar Bilyaletdinov’s father confirmed that the former Everton player was one of the guys enlisted to serve in the military. The ex-Russian international, according to him, received a summons from the military registration and enlisting office, but claimed the notice was inconsistent.

He stated : “Diniyar really received a summons.


“It is difficult to talk about emotions, because he did not serve, although he did military service, but it was specific, with a sports bias. It was 19 years ago.

“That is, yes, he took the oath, but served in the sports line. The law still says – to call people up to 35 years old, and he is 37, so there is some kind of inconsistency here.

“Now he will find out whether this agenda is correct or whether it was sent early. Anything can happen.”

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Diniyar Bilyaletdinov played a significant role in the Russian team and in Premier League for many years

Diniyar Bilyaletdinov

He also stated : “If there was a general mobilisation, then there is no need to ask questions. In the meantime, the president has established a partial one, everything should be according to the law.”

Bilyaletdinov joined Everton in 2009, spent three seasons there playing 59 times, but left the team after losing his first-team berth near the end of his stay. During his stint with the Toffees, he scored eight goals, one of which came against Manchester United.

He made a name for himself playing for Spartak Moscow and Lokomotiv Moscow in Russia before concluding his career with Trakai in Lithuania. The 37-year-old played a significant role in the Russian team for many years and amassed 46 caps during his playing career.

He was a crucial member of the Russian team that advanced to the Euro 2008 semifinals in Austria and Switzerland. Many Russian males are looking for strategies to stay out of Putin’s conflict. Following the team’s triumph over the Kyrgyz side, five staff members of the Russian Football Union have apparently been called up to serve in the conflict but are refusing to return to their own country.

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