OREANDA-NEWS Spartak head coach Paolo Vanoli is not going to leave the Moscow club. This was stated by the Italian's agent Andrea D'Amico to Match TV.

"The information that Paolo held a meeting with the management of Spartak and announced his intention to leave the club is not true. He remains in Russia and continues to work with the team," D'Amico said.

In addition, Spartak sports director Luca Cattani told RIA Novosti that he would continue to work with the club, despite the tense situation between Russia and Ukraine. "I will continue to work at Spartak," Cattani said.

Earlier, Match TV reported that the leadership of Spartak met with the coaching staff of the team, the parties discussed the current situation in the world, but intend to continue working at the football club.

Earlier, the Italian Foreign Ministry recommended that all Italians temporarily staying in Russia leave it.

Vanoli took over the team in December last year, replacing Portuguese Ruy Vitoria. Cattani has also been working at Spartak since December.

On February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the start of a "special operation" by Russian troops in Ukraine, the purpose of which he called the protection of the local population from "genocide". He stressed that Moscow does not intend to occupy Ukrainian territories and only seeks its "demilitarization and denazification."

A number of foreign athletes refused to play for Russian teams after the outbreak of hostilities.