UEFA has finally taken action against Ukraine following the complaints made by Russia on the design of the Ukraine jersey. UEFA has ordered Ukraine to remove a “political slogan” from its Euro 2020 jersey. Russia protested against the slogan and the map of Ukraine on their jersey because it was going against them.
The jersey contained a map showing Russian-annexed Crimea as part of Ukraine also included the phrase “Glory to the heroes”. European football’s governing body UEFA who previously approved the kit, has now asked them to take out the slogan following the protest made by the Russians.
UEFA Asked Ukraine to Remove the Slogan on their Jersey
Ukraine said the combination of the map and wording inside the jersey has “historic and militaristic significance” in their country, but the Russians do not see it so. Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine in 2014 and considers it a part of their territory, although it was rejected internationally.
Andriy Pavelko, who is the head of the Ukrainian Football Association (UAF), displayed the kits via a Facebook video last week Sunday. It was after the display that the Russian raised the protest against them. The front of the jersey shows Ukraine’s border in white, including Crimea and the eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, which have been partially seized by pro-Russian separatists.
It was the slogan that really raised the issue. The slogan reads “Glory to Ukraine!” and another one “, Glory to heroes!” – is stitched on the inside of the shirt collar. The slogans are now used as official military greetings in Ukraine and were a rallying cry by protesters who forced out pro-Moscow President Viktor Yanukovych in 2014.