Euro 2020: Ukraine changes its Euro kit after Russia’s protest – UEFA on Thursday demanded that Ukraine change its Euro 2020 jersey to remove the “political” slogan after Russia’s protest.
European football’s governing body said the message “Glory to our Heroes”, a slogan displayed inside the shirt during a 2014 anti-Russian rally in Ukraine, was “clearly political in nature”.
On Tuesday, Russia sent a letter of complaint to UEFA over the yellow jersey, which shows a map of Crimea with Ukraine, which Russia captured in 2014.
But UEFA said the map would not need to be changed because the UN General Assembly “considers the territorial boundaries shown as indicated in that design”.
The slogan “Jai of Ukraine” was also permitted by UEFA “as it can be regarded as a general and non-political slogan of national importance”.
This mantra was used by demonstrators seven years ago during the demonstrations at the ground while ousting a Kremlin-backed leader.
Moscow condemned the uprising and this rebellion created a crisis in relations between the two countries.
Russia annexed Crimea and supported Russian-speaking rebels in the east of Ukraine. More than 13,000 people lost their lives in this conflict.