Euro 2020: Uefa demands Ukraine make changes to 'political' jersey

Filed on June 10, 2021
Ukraine provoked Moscow's ire as its football federation unveiled Euro 2020 uniforms that feature Russian-annexed Crimea and nationalist slogans. (AFP)

The Euro 2020 starts today in Rome

Uefa on Friday demanded that Ukraine make changes to their jersey for Euro 2020 to remove a 'political' slogan that sparked protests from Russia.

European football's governing body said the message 'Glory to our Heroes', a rallying cry during the 2014 anti-Russian protests in Ukraine that is featured inside the shirt, was “clearly political in nature”.

The uniforms in the blue-and-yellow colours of the Ukrainian flag feature the silhouette of Ukraine that includes Russia-annexed Crimea and the separatist-controlled regions of Donetsk and Lugansk as well as the words "Glory to Ukraine! Glory to the Heroes!"

A year after being postponed due to the pandemic, the 24-team tournament spread across 11 venues throughout Europe gets underway in front of an estimated 16,000 fans in a Stadio Olimpico at 25 percent capacity.

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