UEFA tells Ukraine to remove ‘political’ slogan from kit ahead of Euros

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Ukraine’s Roman Yaremchuk wears the newly unveiled national team jersey emblazoned with a map of Ukraine that includes Crimea during an international friendly match against Cyprus in Kharkiv, Ukraine, June 7, 2021 REUTERS/Gleb Garanich/File Photo

European soccer governing body UEFA told Ukraine on Thursday it could keep a map showing Crimea on its new national shirt despite objections from Russia but must remove the phrase “Glory to the heroes” due to military connotations.

Ukraine’s kit, due to feature in the European Championship, has stirred rivalries with Moscow because it includes an outline map showing the peninsula of Crimea which Russia annexed in 2014 but which remains internationally recognised as part of Ukraine.

A slogan at the back reads “Glory to Ukraine” while inside the shirt are the words: “Glory to the heroes” – a military greeting in Ukraine. read more

UEFA said the map was not a concern given it reflected U.N.-recognised borders, nor…

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