Marko Roksić, European champion in e-football, did not want to play against representatives from the so-called Kosovo.
On the first day of the competition, the former member of Barcelona and Roma recorded five wins in five matches, but withdrew when he found out who his next rival was. He lost the chance to go to the final tournament in Riyadh, where he could have fought for the top spot because that he put principles before money. “After thinking for a long time, I decided not to play. No one has ever played a game like this, so I wouldn’t want to be the first. I was left without a direct placement in Riyadh, what is there is. I would say a lot more, but it’s better to remain silent,” Roksić wrote in the text entitled “Face before money”.
He explained why he did it with the message that “Kosovo is a part of Serbia and will always be.” They put me in the same group as Kosovo, which is part of Serbia and always will be. On the first day I was perfect, with five wins”-
He played PES in the Serbian national team and became the champion of Europe.
After 2 years where I was always part of any competitions in Europe, yesterday I failed..
In competitions by organising @esportsineurope they put me in same group with Kosovo..
Kosovo is part of serbia and will be always.. 1st day of competitions I was perfect 5 0 0.. pic.twitter.com/VR7ToUv7cz
— Marko Roksic (@Roksic22) October 2, 2023
The Serb Marko Roksic, one of the best e-soccer players in the world, withdrew from the World Cup qualifying tournament because he did not want to play against a rival from Kosovo.
On the first day of the tournament, Roksic won all five matches he played, but decided not to play when he found out who his next opponent would be.
“After much thought, I decided not to play. No one has ever played a match like this, so I wouldn’t want to be the first. I ran out of direct placement in Riyadh, but that’s about it. I would have a lot to say, but it’s better to be silent,” Roksic announced on social networks.
Roksic, who was part of Roma and Barcelona, and currently defends the colors of Arsenal, had to win only one more match to qualify for the World Championship in Riyadh.
Previously, Roksic was the European champion in “PES”, the previous name of the video game “e-football”.