Following the approval of the request to change jersey made by Russia to Uefa in Ukraine, Greece has joined the league as well. They sent a letter of complaint to the President of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), Aleksander Ceferin, concerning the name used by the North Macedonia team on their national soccer jersey during Euro 2020.
Greece Writes to Uefa about North Macedonia Jersey
Greek Sports Minister, Lefteris Avgenakis, signed the letter of Greece’s objection after it became clear the team’s jersey had a badge that read ‘FFM’ for ‘Football Federation of Macedonia,’ removing the word ‘North’ from the Balkan country’s name.
It was recorded that the Prespa Agreement signed between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) in 2018 states that the country’s name is the Republic of North Macedonia. So the North must be included in their abbreviation.
In this way, based on the customary use of abbreviations for an internationally recognised name, the jersey badge should include the ‘N’ in the abbreviation. Mr Avgenakis also wrote to UEFA to look into the name of the country’s soccer association, Football Federation of Macedonia. He stressed that it contravenes the name deal as well, and so it should not be approved.
It is the first time North Macedonia is taking part in the final phase of the major event. North Macedonia is competing in the 3rd group of the UEFA Euro 2020 and the Netherlands, Ukraine and Austria. Greek Foreign Minister, Nikos Dendias, has also sent a similar letter to his counterpart in North Macedonia, Bujar Osmani.