Burnley’s attempt to rescue Victor Moses from Russia blocked

Burnley’s bid to rescue Victor Moses from the distress of being left in limbo in warring Russia has been blocked by the Premier League.

The Spartak Moscow player is still stuck in the capital, isolated from family and friends.

Moses, a former Chelsea wing-back, is considered out of contract until June 30 this year, and can be signed under special dispensation granted by FIFA and UEFA.

There has been a temporary amending of the statutes governing transfers due to Russia’s war on Ukraine.

According to Sky Sports, Burnley have tried to provide Moses with the opportunity to play again, earn a salary, and be reunited with his family in England, but the Premier League does not want to accept any such request, citing the sporting integrity of the competition.

The Premier League has come under criticism for its stance.

Former Finland captain Tim Sparv told Sky Sports News: “We need to do everything we can to help players get out of Russia, a country led by a dictator.

“We need to give them the chance to go and play somewhere where they feel safe. This is a humanitarian issue.”

Serie A and the Bundesliga have also barred clubs from using the special dispensation on the grounds of sporting integrity.