Ukraine explained Thursday that it is negotiating with UEFA to keep its jersey unchanged, whose slogan “Glory to our heroes” is considered political. This phrase became a rallying cry during the popular uprising of 2014. However, UEFA accepted “Glory to Ukraine” as well as the map including Crimea, two elements which also appear on the jersey and which are disputed by the Russians.
Ukraine is “negotiating” with UEFA to keep its jersey unchanged, the slogan of which is considered “political” by the European body against the backdrop of the Russo-Ukrainian conflict, the Ukrainian football federation announced on Thursday. “The Ukrainian Football Association (AUF) is negotiating to keep this slogan on the shirt since UEFA previously approved the kit and all its elements, including the phrase ‘Glory to the heroes’,” the service said. press release of the Federation.
Called upon by Russian protests, UEFA asked earlier in the day for a modification of the Ukrainian jersey, on the eve of the opening of the Euro football (11 June-11 July), finally deeming “political” the mention “Glory to our heroes” denounced by Moscow. “After further analysis”, this slogan appearing “inside the collar” of the Ukrainian tunic is “clearly of a political nature” and “must therefore be withdrawn (…) in view of the competitive matches of the UEFA, “said the body.
The validated map of Crimea
UEFA, on the other hand, validated the map of Ukraine appearing on the jersey and including Crimea, which Moscow annexed in 2014, recalling that it corresponded to the country’s internationally recognized borders. She also rejected the Russian protest against the slogan “Glory to Ukraine”, endorsed by UEFA since 2018.
The double formula “Glory to Ukraine! Glory to the Heroes”, taken from a patriotic song, had become a rallying cry during the pro-Western popular uprising of Maidan in 2014, which ousted a president supported by the Kremlin , Viktor Yanukovych.
A slogan “engraved in the soul of every Ukrainian”
The Ukrainian presidency has for its part warned UEFA against decisions taken under “political influence”. “Ukraine respects ‘UEFA decisions’ which must be taken without political influence and interference,” the presidency said in a statement. The slogans “Glory to Ukraine!” and “Glory to the heroes!” are “engraved in the soul of every Ukrainian, they unite us” and “help us to” defend our Ukraine “, she continued.