When Ukraine took part in the UEFA Champions League match with the Netherlands on Sunday, Russia watched with an angry gaze. The national team coach Andrei Shevchenko displayed the outline of the country with dots on the jersey against the Orange team. It also includes Crimea, which was annexed by Russia a few years ago, as well as Donetsk and Lu. The areas controlled by Gansk are pro-Russian separatists.
A Russian lawmaker has called the jersey a “political provocation” and urged the organization of the European Championship to take action on the jersey. A spokesperson for the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs told the BBC that the shirt created an “impossible illusion.”
There is also the slogan “The glory of Ukraine!” on the back of the shirt did not fall well. The spokesperson said that the nationalists and Nazis rallied as a reflection of slogans.
Referendum and annexation
This uniform is reminiscent of the events that occurred when Russian soldiers occupied the Crimea Peninsula in Ukraine in 2014. Soon after, the pro-Russian parliament organized a referendum among local people. Most people chose to join Russia, after which President Putin’s government annexed the region. War broke out in eastern Ukraine.
The slogan on the jersey refers to the slogan used by protesters to overthrow pro-Moscow President Viktor Yanukovych in 2014. Almost the entire international community opposed the referendum and annexation.
The Ukrainian Football Association unveiled the jersey through a video on Facebook on Sunday, hoping that this gem can bring additional momentum to the national team in the European Championship. Ukrainian Football Association President Andrej Pavelko (Andrej Pavelko) said: “We believe that Ukraine’s silhouette will empower the players, because they will fight for the entire Ukraine.”
The North Macedonian team also caused a sensation, which was also Orange’s opponent in the group stage. At the request of the national players who made their debut in the finals, a new jersey was designed for the European Championship.
However, the Burgundy costume of the processed lynx image failed to gain support from the supporters. Therefore, the North Macedonia Football Association asked the European Football Association whether they can wear the familiar old jersey: red and yellow stripes.