Russia claims World Cup victory with ridiculous suggestion that Argentina won because their country used Sputnik V Covid vaccine
- Argentina was one of the first countries to use Russia’s Sputnik V Covid vaccine
- Russia’s sovereign wealth fund, which financed it, said victory was not a coincidence
- Russia was banned from World Cup by FIFA after Ukraine invasion in February
Russia has claimed victory in the World Cup with the ridiculous suggestion that Argentina won because their country used the Sputnik V vaccine.
Argentina was one of the first countries to widely use Russia’s Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine.
But it later it turned to Moderna and AstraZeneca when Russia could not provide enough doses for a second jab as the country raced to stop the spread of the Delta variant in 2021.
Russia’s sovereign wealth fund, which financed the vaccine said: ‘The majority of the doses of the Sputnik V vaccine that were exported went to Argentina.
Russia has claimed victory in the World Cup with the ridiculous suggestion that Argentina won because their country used the Sputnik V vaccine. Pictured: Lionel Messi lifts the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 after the final between Argentina and France at Lusail Stadium
‘Even the president of Argentina has been vaccinated with Sputnik V.
‘Today the nation team defeated France in a penalty shootout and became the world champions. Coincidence? We don’t think so.’
It comes after anti-Kremlin activists Pussy Riot were prevented from storming the pitch at the World Cup final as a protest against the war in Ukraine, reported The Times.
Russia hosted the last World Cup in 2018 but was not allowed to take part in Qatar after a ban from FIFA in February following its invasion of Ukraine.
Argentina players celebrate the winning penalty during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
It had previously qualified for the playoffs after finishing second in Group H in the UEFA qualifiers.
The Russian men’s national team’s only game of 2022 was a 2-1 win over Kyrgyzstan in September.
In legal battles at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, FIFA argued that letting Russia compete could cause more boycotts and ‘irreparable and chaotic’ damage to its tournament.
Other countries that announced production of Sputnik V included India, China, Brazil, Mexico and Egypt.
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