Besart Ibraimi complains of religious discrimination

Besart IbraimiIn a statement given to “Vest,” Besart Ibraimi complained that he is not getting much playing time at Sevastopol due to being of a different religion.

‘The manager of Sevastopol (Serhiy Puchkov) openly admitted to me that because I am of a different religion, I will not get much playing time’ – Besart Ibraimi said in yesterday’s edition of the Macedonian newspaper Vest.

Besart Ibraimi started his professional career with his hometown club Napredok, before joining Renova and becoming league champion in 2010.  His next transfer was to German side Schalke 04 where he did not get much playing time and Ibraimi then moved to Ukraine with his current club Sevastopol.  He had a brief loan spell to Tavriya, but Besart returned to Sevastopol who competes in the Ukrainian Persha Liga (second division). 

This season, Ibraimi has played on 20 matches and netted 8 goals for Sevastopol, 6 of them coming from converted penalty kicks. However, over the past month or so, Ibraimi has been mainly coming off the bench or remained there as an unused substitute. Sevastopol has won 13 consecutive games in league play and currently occupy the second position on the table, the last spot that leads to promotion to the Ukrainian top division.  With one round remaining and having a two point edge over the third placed team, Sevastopol will look to clinch second place tomorrow when they take on Bykovina.

“Despite the pressure and outcry from the fans who want me in the squad, again the coach is adamant on his stance and even told me it would be better for me to look for a new club.  Most likely, I will be forced to leave the club.  At the moment, the most concrete offer is from Legia Warszawa”- Besart Ibraimi finished in the short interview.

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