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UEFA Demands Ukraine To Make Changes To Euro 2020 Kits But Can Keep Flag Design

The new Ukraine Euro 2020 kits feature some patriotic elements. Now UEFA demands that Ukraine make changes to their jersey for Euro 2020 to remove a "political" slogan that sparked protests from Russia. Story via UEFA / Moscow Times.

Prohibited - Glory to our Heroes was a rallying cry during the 2014 anti-Russia protests

Ukraine To Remove Slogan From Inside the Collar

UEFA says that the message "Glory to our Heroes" ("Gyeroyam slava"), a rallying cry during the 2014 protests in Ukraine that is featured inside the shirt, was "clearly political in nature."

Russia welcomed the move, but the Ukrainian football association said it was in talks with UEFA to reverse its decision.

The Ukrainians stressed to AFP that "earlier UEFA had approved the new kit and every element of it, including the slogan."

The flag is correct as stated in a UN resolution

Russia also sent a letter of complaint to UEFA over the outline of Ukraine including Crimea visible on the kits. Crimea was annexed by Russia in 2014.

But UEFA said the map would not need to be removed or changed because a United Nations General Assembly Resolution "recognizes the territorial borders as broadly depicted by the design."

The slogan "Glory to Ukraine" was approved by UEFA

The slogan "Glory to Ukraine" was also approved by UEFA as "on its own (it) may be considered as a generic and non-political phrase of general national significance."

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