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Colorado State apologizes for 'Russia' chant at Ukrainian player

Field Level Media
06 Feb 2023, 02:40 GMT+10

Colorado State issued an apology after some fans chanted "Russia" at Utah State guard Max Shulga, who is from Ukraine, during their game on Saturday.

Chants came from what the school called "a small group of individuals" in the Rams student section at Moby Arena and could be heard on a CBS television broadcast as Shulga went to the free-throw line late in the second half of the Aggies' 88-79 win in Fort Collins, Colo.

"On behalf of Colorado State, we apologize to the student-athlete and Utah State," Colorado State said in a series of tweets. "This is a violation of our steadfast belief in the Mountain West Sportsmanship Policy and University Principles of Community.

"Every participant, student, and fan should feel welcomed in our venues, and for something like this to have occurred is unacceptable at Colorado State."

Rams coach Niko Medved also took to Twitter to apologize.

"I have so much respect for (Utah State) and Max Shulga. We have amazing fans and students but this is not acceptable! My sincere apologies," he wrote.

Shulga made three of four attempts from the free throw line in the final 41 seconds to help the Aggies seal the win. He finished with nine points, six assists and three rebounds.

Shulga's family still resides in Kyiv nearly one year after Russia invaded Ukraine.

--Field Level Media

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