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Ukraine says it will make “political” slogans its official soccer symbol

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The head of the Ukrainian Football Federation said the federation will hold an emergency meeting of its executives to approve the logos banned by UEFA as the country’s official football symbols.

European soccer body UEFA told Ukraine on Thursday it might keep a map showing Crimea on its new national jersey despite Russia’s objections, but said it should remove the phrase “glory to the heroes” due to military connotations.

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The President of the Ukrainian Football Association, Andriy Pavelko, said on Facebook social networking site Late Thursday evening, the Federation announced the approval of the emblems “Glory to Ukraine” and “Glory to the Champions” as the official football symbols of the country, while the emblem of the national team will be the image of a map of Ukraine with Crimea and Donbass.

The Ukrainian team, due to be shown at Euro 2020, has sparked rivalries with Moscow because it includes a schematic map showing Crimea, which was annexed by Russia in 2014 but is still internationally recognized as part of Ukraine.

“The symbols of football in Ukraine, long recognized by all our fans and the football community in general, must be protected in the football traditions of our country,” Pavelko said.

“Thank you to all our fans for the crazy support of the Ukrainian Football Federation and the new design of the national team’s uniform,” he added.

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Ukraine said the shirt was a symbol of national unity. President Volodymyr Zelensky posted a selfie on Instagram jerseys this week and his office defended the slogans as “absolutely correct”.

Relations between Moscow and Kiev collapsed after the annexation of Crimea and the start of a Russian-backed separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine in 2014, which Kiev says killed 14,000 people.

On Thursday, Pavlko flew to Rome for emergency talks with UEFA and said talks would continue on Friday morning.

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