Premier League released a statement condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as the conflict enters its seventh day with Moscow showing no signs of slowing down. Vladimir Putin announced a ‘special military operation’ last Thursday to launch a full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
The result of this decision was massive destruction along the streets of Kyiv and Kharkiv, with several innocent citizens losing their lives. In response to Russia’s actions, the Premier League along with the captains of all 20 clubs will wear special armbands in Ukrainian colors. Players, managers, match officials, and club staff are also encouraged to take part in the moment of reflection and solidarity before each match.
Premier League releases statement over Russia-Ukraine war
“The Premier League and our clubs wholeheartedly reject Russia’s actions and will be showing support for the people of Ukraine at all matches this weekend.
We call for peace and our thoughts are with all those who have been impacted.
A show of solidarity for Ukraine will be visible at all Premier League matches from Saturday 5 to Monday 7 March. This follows the numerous ways in which clubs have already demonstrated their support.
The 20 club captains will wear special armbands in Ukrainian colours and fans are encouraged to join players, managers, match officials and club staff in a moment of reflection and solidarity before kick-off at each game.
Big screens at stadiums will display “Football Stands Together” against the backdrop of the blue and yellow colors of the Ukrainian flag. These words will also be shown on LED perimeter boards during matches.
This message of solidarity will also be visible to fans around the world across Premier League digital channels. Logos and profiles on those platforms will change to represent the colors of the Ukrainian flag, which will also be displayed across match broadcasts both in the UK and overseas.”
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— Premier League (@premierleague) March 2, 2022
Premier League witnessed emotional scenes last weekend
The match between Everton and Manchester City, which featured two Ukrainians on each side, saw an emotional moment before kickoff because of the ongoing Ukraine-Russia tensions. In the moments before kickoff, Manchester City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko and Everton’s Vitaliy Mykolenko embraced each other with tears in their eyes. Both teams wore shirts with a message: No War.