Ukraine must modify its team’s shirt for the European Championship after UEFA on Thursday upheld part of a Russian complaint over logos and a map featuring Crimea.
The yellow and blue shirt design revealed on Sunday angered Russian officials by including a scheme of Ukraine’s wild lands with Crimea, which Russia annexed in 2014.
A new UEFA ruling allows the map to remain on the jersey, in line with international law that considers the annexation of Russia illegal.
However, one of the two emblems woven inside the collar of the shirt – “Glory to the Champions”, must be removed. The words “Glory to Ukraine” can still appear on the back of the shirt neck.
Russian lawmakers have tied the two slogans together as being used by Ukrainian nationalists, some of whom fought with the Nazis against the Soviet Union in World War II.
UEFA said it approved the “glory to the champions” last December, separately from the other logo it allowed two years ago.
“After further analysis, this specific set of logos is clearly political in nature and has historical and military significance,” UEFA said.
Euro 2020 kicks off on Friday, although Ukraine and Russia cannot play each other unless they both advance in the 24-nation tournament.
UEFA law in place since 2014 separates national teams and club teams in countries to prevent them from grouping together.
Ukraine starts on Sunday against the Netherlands in Amsterdam.
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