Rostislav Murzagulov posed for a steamy Instagram photoshoot with sports presenter Ulyana Trigubchak despite knowing that his position as chairman of board of directors at FC Ufa would be under threat.
The 43-year-old, who previously held the role of chairman of the supervisory board, has since revealed that he stepped down from the role and said: “Power and politics clearly don’t suit me…"
The Russian Premier league strugglers finished 13th in the table last season and narrowly avoided relegation, and are clearly not keen on unnecessary distractions for head coach Aleksei Stukalov.
Trigubchak, a former KHL ice girl, made headlines back in 2019 after promising to pose topless should local club Salavat Yulaev reach the playoffs – which she duly honoured.
Speaking to Russian outlet Sport-Express, Murzagulov revealed that he was prepared for the response.
“I understand that in conservative Bashkiria many will condemn me for this photo session. I am almost sure that I will cease to be the head of Ufa. However, this is a smart decision.
"Now those fools who offer to give up football in Bashkiria will see how popular this sport is in our republic. I hope those who make decisions will fire me and keep football in Bashkiria.
"This is much more important to me than my place of work.
"If they are morons, then let them understand that my photo session has such consequences.
"I don't want to be the gravedigger of football, but if anyone thinks that the problem is with me, then okay. Let them find another manager who is photographed dressed. But the main thing is to keep football.
"And I will not be lost. I have no problems with job offers."
While there has been no update over his position on the official club website, they did wish Rostislav happy birthday under the surname of Rafkatovich back in May.
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Trigubchak has since given her own thoughts, but refused to talk about the details of their relationship.
She said: “I'm not ready to talk about my personal life, but Rostislav is really a close person to me.
“And it so happens that people do joint photo sessions… We came up with the idea jointly.”
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