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US News EURO 2021: The Ukraine jersey creates diplomatic tensions with Russia

02:20  09 june  2021
02:20  09 june  2021 Source:   leparisien.fr

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Football fans always like to discover the new games of jerseys of their fetish teams. The major international competitions are still an opportunity to create new tunics, and the euro 2021 is no exception. Three days ago, the Ukrainian Federation has unveiled the jerseys that will bring its international players to the euro, which starts on June 11th.

This jersey triggered a real controversy. Even a diplomatic incident. The Russian Football Federation (RFS) announced Tuesday night having sent a letter to UEFA to denounce the new jersey of the Ukrainian selection for the Euro football . Why ? The map of Ukraine appears on the jersey. Let us first remember that it corresponds well to the officially recognized borders of the country.

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Yes But here, the map also includes Crimea , annexed by Moscow in 2014, as well as the territories of the East, controlled by pro-Russian separatists. There are also the slogans "glory to Ukraine! Glory to the heroes! ", Formulas from a patriotic song and has become a rallying cry during the popular uprising of Maïdan, in 2014, who had ousted a president supported by Kremlin , Viktor Yanukovich.

Some details on the Ukraine jersey for Euro 2020 revive political tensions between Kiev and Moscow. A map including Crimea and Donbass are included, as well as slogans taken from the 2014 manifs.

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June 7, 2021 The presence of these slogans on the jersey sparked the criticisms of Moscow who associated these slogans with nationalist groups of the Second World War who fought the Soviets. In its letter, the Russian Federation indicates "attention to the use of political motives on the jersey of the Ukrainian selection, which goes against the basic principles of the UEFA Regulation on the equipment", Specifies the press service of the RFS, cited by the Russian news agencies, three days from the beginning of the euro. "Football is a sport that must always stay out of politics," he recalls next.

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"By approving such a uniform, UEFA creates a precedent, because at a next big tournament, we could see other countries trying to use their equipment for political purposes", estimates the press service of The RFS. The Spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova had reacted on Sunday on his Facebook account. "Imagine Crimea as part of Ukraine on the new uniform of the Ukrainian football team is a heartbreaking artistic freedom," she wrote.

The bell sound is obviously radically different Ukrainian side. Proof of the extent taken by these bisbilles, it is the president in person who has been defending the national jersey.

VOLODYMYR Zelensky greets on Tuesday the new tunic, on which are "important symbols" like the annexed Crimea and patriotic slogans, in reaction to strong criticism of Moscow. "The new jersey of the Ukrainian football selection is indeed like the others. He can shock, he recognizes. It has several important symbols that unite the Ukrainians, " has written on Instagram , also posting a photo where he puts with this jersey.

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