Metalist Kharkiv striker Sebastian Blanco refuses to return to Ukraine

Sebastian Blanco of FC Metalist Kharkiv in action during the UEFA Europa League group stage match between Rosenborg BK and FC Metalist Kharkiv held on October 25, 2012
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Metalist Kharkiv striker Sebastian Blanco has refused to return to Ukraine following the shooting of the Malaysian Airline Flight.

Sebastian Blanco has refused to return to training with the rest of the Metalist Kharkiv squad in Austria.

The striker has failed to join up with the rest of his squad for a pre-season training camp in Austria and has refused to return to Ukraine following the Malaysia Airline MH17 crash.

Blanco told Ole: "With what happened I did not feel like returning to Ukraine. These are not normal times. My decision is to stay in Buenos Aires. I will not return to Ukraine."

Blanco is among six South American Shakhtar Donetsk players refusing to return to Ukraine.

Leicester City are reportedly tracking Blanco and after recognising the midfielder could be available for around £2m, the newly-promoted club are considering an offer, according to the Daily Mail.

Sebastian Blanco of FC Metalist Kharkiv in action during the UEFA Europa League group stage match between Rosenborg BK and FC Metalist Kharkiv held on October 25, 2012
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