UEFA has ordered Ukraine to remove the phrase “Glory to the heroes” from the within of its new nationwide staff shirt ahead of the European Championship for political causes, after a grievance from Russia.
Russia on Wednesday had complained to UEFA over Ukraine’s kit, which is emblazoned with a map together with Crimea and phrases from a navy slogan.
UEFA stated the map was not a priority, and neither was the phrase “Glory to Ukraine” on the skin of the shirt.
But it stated that the “specific combination of the two slogans is deemed to be clearly political in nature, having historic and militaristic significance,” and that the slogan contained in the shirt should subsequently be eliminated.
Ukraine had stated the shirt was a logo of nationwide unity, and President Volodymyr Zelenskiy posted a selfie on Instagram with the jersey this week.
Relations between Moscow and Kyiv deteriorated sharply after the annexation of Crimea and the beginning of a Russian-backed separatist insurrection in jap Ukraine in 2014.
Commenting on the kit controversy, Russian overseas ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova stated on Thursday that sport shouldn’t be combined with politics.
“Sports is not a battlefield, but a place for competition; it is not a political arena but an athletic one. Become heroes of sports, and you will have your glory,” she stated.
Ukraine performs its opening Euro 2020 match towards the Netherlands on June 13 in Amsterdam. It additionally faces Austria and North Macedonia in Group C.
Russia takes on Belgium, the world’s top-ranked staff, in its opener on dwelling turf in St Petersburg on June 12, earlier than going through Denmark and Finland.