Ukraine’s soccer affiliation stated on Thursday it was in talks with Uefa to reverse a call by the European soccer governing physique to take away a slogan from Ukraine shirts after protests from Russia.
“Ukraine’s soccer affiliation is in talks with Uefa to maintain in place the slogan on its jerseys,” the affiliation’s press service informed AFP, after Uefa stated the message “Glory to the heroes”, stitched on the within of the shirt collar, was “clearly political in nature”. The affiliation stated that “earlier Uefa had permitted the brand new package and each aspect of it, together with the slogan”.
Nevertheless, Uefa on Thursday stated that the message, which was utilized by protesters who ousted the Kremlin-backed president, Viktor Yanukovych, throughout the Maidan demonstrations in 2013-14, was “clearly political in nature”.
The choice got here after Russia had despatched a letter of criticism to Uefa over the shirt, which additionally options an overview of Ukraine together with Crimea, annexed by Russia in 2014, on the entrance.
Uefa stated the map wouldn’t must be modified as a result of a UN basic meeting decision “recognises the territorial borders as broadly depicted by the design”. The slogan “Glory to Ukraine”, which is on the again of the jersey, was additionally permitted by Uefa as “by itself [it] could also be thought-about as a generic and non-political phrase of basic nationwide significance”.