The example of world footballer Robert Lewandowski from FC Bayern and his declaration of solidarity for Ukraine is setting a precedent in the English Premier League.
According to the league, the captains of all 20 teams will wear armbands in the Ukrainian national colors of blue and yellow from Saturday to Monday.
Lewandowski made the same sign of solidarity with the people of Ukraine last Saturday, two days after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began.
The Bundesliga top scorer led the FC Bayern Munich team onto the field in the league game at Eintracht Frankfurt (1-0), also with a blue and yellow captain’s armband on the red jersey of the leader.
The Premier League also announced that its clubs will show their solidarity with Ukraine in other ways. Accordingly, shortly before the start of the game, all persons present, including the audience, should remain in each stadium for a minute of reflection and solidarity. Meanwhile, the message “Football stands together” is to be displayed on the video cubes in front of a blue and yellow background. During the course of the game, the banner should also flicker several times over the LED advertising boards at the edges of the field.
Rejection of Russia’s actions “wholeheartedly”
“The Premier League and our clubs wholeheartedly reject Russia’s actions and will show our support to the people of Ukraine in all games,” the league wrote. “We call for peace and our thoughts are with all those people who are affected by the acts of war in Ukraine.”
In the past few days, Premier League clubs have already shown solidarity with Ukraine with individual campaigns. During Sunday’s League Cup final between Liverpool and Chelsea, the captains of both teams brought yellow flowers to Wembley Stadium before the game.
In the FA Cup round of 16 on Tuesday, the Ukrainian Oleksandr Zinchenko demonstratively led champions Manchester City as captain into the game at second division Peterborough United (2-0).