Football bosses in Ukraine ‘pass law making it mandatory’ for clubs to wear badge containing hugely controversial national slogans
The slogans became infamous shortly before Euro 2020, when the Ukraine national team was ordered not to wear a newly-designed kit containing the words, which are viewed as highly inflammatory by some, woven into their shirts.
Among a number of outraged voices, one Russian State Duma described the move as a "provocation", with the shirts also containing a map of the Crimean Peninsula, which was made part of Russia following a referendum held on the territory and the signing of the accession treaty in 2014 in the midst of the Ukrainian revolution.
Clubs in the country's top flight will have to make a badge featuring the slogans visible on their kits for the 2021/22 season, according to Ukrainian football source Zorya Londonsk.
BREAKING:The UPL has passed a new law making it mandatory for all clubs to have the below UAF badge visible on their kits for 21/22 season 🇺🇦The badge includes the map of Ukraine, the UAF logo and the slogans ‘Glory to Ukraine / Glory to the Heroes’ pic.twitter.com/tAQlpsW9I4— Zorya Londonsk (@ZoryaLondonsk) July 16, 2021
Ukrainian Football Association declared slogan “Glory to Ukraine! Glory to the Heroes” is now mandatory to wear for all Ukrainian football clubs. Slogan was invented and used by WWII Ukrainian nationalist who heavily participated in Holocaust and organized mass murders of Poles.— Eduard Dolinsky (@edolinsky) July 16, 2021
Echoing the news, Eduard Dolinsky, the Director General of the Ukrainian Jewish Committee, said: "The slogan was invented and used by World War II Ukrainian nationalists who heavily participated in the Holocaust and organized the mass murders of Poles."
Euro 2020 organizers UEFA originally appeared to confirm they had allowed the kit to be used by the national team during the showpiece, then swiftly outlawed its use amid an escalating political row during the week before the tournament.
Ukraine boss Andriy Shevchenko and his team, who were knocked out in the quarterfinals by England, promoted the kit, which the Kremlin diplomatically stated would not lead to tensions.
figures. if UEFA won't allow it in Europe, which we obviously are, Europe, well then we'll simply mandate it in Ukraine, because it's Europe.— JellyDonat, not a doctor 💩 📦 (@DonatJelly) July 16, 2021
Unbelievable ... They should be barred from international football federations for something like that.— Józef Kasprowicz (@JozefKasprowicz) July 16, 2021
Dmitry Svishchev, a Duma state deputy, branded the design an "absurdity" and a "strange act". “Crimea has been an integral territory of Russia for seven years," he explained to RT.
"I am sure that UEFA should react strongly to what has happened. The Ukrainian national team still has time to [create] a new uniform in order to go to the European Championships not to work out political slogans, but to fight for the honor of their country in their favorite sport."
While some readers on social media debated the origins of the slogan and suggested that Ukrainian national identity needs "powerful messages", the majority seemed unconvinced by the need for the reported ruling.
mandatory patriotism. very progressive.— eliot rothwell (@yungmuzhik) July 16, 2021
Patriotism? Just regular ukranian symbols..all good— Печенеги ГосДепа (@pieinthesky27) July 17, 2021
"Figures," said one. "If UEFA won't allow it in Europe, which we obviously are, then we'll simply mandate it in Ukraine, because it's Europe."
Another rued: "Unbelievable. They should be barred from international football federations for something like that."
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