10 Jun Russia complain to UEFA over Ukraine’s Euro 2020 equipment
Russia have complained to European governing physique UEFA over Ukraine’s unveiling of a brand new nationwide team shirt forward of Euro 2020 emblazoned with a map of Ukraine that features Crimea, Russia’s sports activities minister mentioned on Wednesday.
Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014. Moscow considers the peninsula a part of Russia, however it’s internationally recognised as a part of Ukraine.
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Russian officers have already referred to as the transfer a provocation, whereas Ukrainian authorities have mentioned the equipment comprises symbols that unite the nation’s inhabitants. President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Wednesday posted a selfie on Instagram of him sporting the jersey.
“The Russian Football Union has appealed to UEFA to obtain explanations,” TASS quoted Sports activities Minister Oleg Matytsin as saying. “We’ve expressed our concern in regards to the Ukrainian nationwide team’s equipment.”
The entrance of the yellow jersey reveals the borders of Ukraine in white. A slogan on the prime of the again reads “Glory to Ukraine!” Contained in the shirt is a slogan that declares “Glory to the heroes!”
These phrases are utilized in Ukraine as an official navy greeting.
Relations between Moscow and Kyiv deteriorated sharply after the annexation of Crimea and the beginning of a Russian-backed separatist rise up in japanese Ukraine in 2014.
Russia take on Belgium, the world’s top-ranked team, of their opener on residence turf in St Petersburg on June 12, earlier than going through Denmark and Finland.