Russia has announced a formal protest to UEFA, demanding that the organization also condemn the Ukrainian national team’s new European Cup jersey, which Moscow considers to be “political.”
The Ukrainian national team’s jersey was released on Sunday, less than a week after the start of the euro. There is a map of Ukraine on it, Crimea was annexed by Moscow in 2014, and the eastern territory controlled by pro-Russian separatists. The map corresponds to the recognized borders of the country.
It also includes “The Glory of Ukraine! The Glory of Heroes!” taken from a patriotic song often heard during the Maidan popular uprising in 2014.
It is precisely because of these words on the jersey that Moscow protested because it connected them to the nationalist groups fighting the Soviet Union in World War II.
The Russian Football Association (RFS) was angry and announced on Tuesday night that it wanted to draw UEFA’s “concern about the political motives that violate the basic principles of UEFA’s equipment regulations on the Ukrainian national team’s jersey”.
“Football is a sport that must be kept away from politics,” the Russian news agency quoted a statement from the Russian Football Association (RFS) as saying.
“By approving such a device, UEFA sets a precedent because in the upcoming major tournaments, we can see other countries trying to use their jerseys for political purposes,” RFS added three days before the start of the European Cup , The first two teams can meet there in the quarter-finals.
Ukraine is in Group C and Russia is in Group B.
Ukrainian President Volodmir Zelensky praised the new jersey and posted a photo of posing in the new jersey on Instagram on Tuesday night.