As reported by Censor.NET, he said in an interview with Telekritika.
"I will align myself with the state as for broadcasting 2018 FIFA World Cup from Russia. If the national team secures its participation in it and the state decides that they can travel to the Russian Federation and take part in it, I, as the head of the channel, even in the face of resignation, will say: 'We will not televise it.' I asked opinion of great football patriarchs, but they made a wry face and said: 'Heaven forbid Ukraine makes it to the Cup'," Alasania said.
In 2015, UA:Pershyi TV channel then run by Alasania refused to broadcast games of Ukrainian youth team at the World Cup hosted by New Zealand as Gazprom was among FIFA's primary sponsors.
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