‘Glory to Ukraine’ Soccer Jerseys Spark Russian Protest

Russia’s Soccer Union has accused the Ukrainian nationwide staff of violating the game’s ban on political slogans by issuing a jersey bearing the “Glory to Ukraine” phrase.

The Ukrainian staff unveiled its new uniforms with the slogan forward of a UEFA Nations League sport in opposition to the Czech Republic this week. The phrase has turn into a standard rallying cry in Kiev’s battle in opposition to Russian-backed separatists in japanese Ukraine however has been referred to as “fascist” in Russia over its historic hyperlinks to a nationalist group that adopted it within the 1940s.

On Wednesday, RFS member Igor Lebedev informed Russian media that inserting slogans on nationwide jerseys went in opposition to the principles of the game.

“I imagine FIFA or UEFA ought to look into this… Sadly, we’re seeing politics invading all areas of life, together with sport,” Lebedev was quoted as saying by the Govorit Moskva radio station.

FIFA sanctioned a Croatian defender through the World Cup in Russia in July for shouting “Glory to Ukraine” in a video on social media after a semifinal victory over Russia.

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