In the past few days, football has become a minor matter. Earlier last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin launched an invasion of Ukraine. What followed were worldwide expressions of solidarity for the Ukrainian people. This also applies to the English Premier League, which has again planned messages of support over the weekend.
This has now persuaded the Chinese television station “iQIYI” to refrain from broadcasting the Premier League games in China. The Premier League had announced there would be a minute’s silence before each game and captains would wear special bandages. In addition, there should be special messages on LED boards at the edge of the field. Furthermore, the social media and television branding will be kept in the Ukrainian national colors.
As reported by The Athletic, the Premier League has been informed by the Chinese rights holder that no games will be broadcast between March 5th and 7th.
The country has so far spoken out against sanctions against Russia. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin also announced on Monday, “China and Russia will continue their normal trade cooperation in the spirit of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit.”
FC Bayern: Lewandowski wears Ukraine captain’s armband
Public solidarity has already been shown at several matches in England, including last Sunday’s League Cup final between Chelsea and Liverpool when the Ukrainian flag and the message ‘Football Stands Together’ were displayed on the screen.
There were also solidarity messages in the Bundesliga at the weekend. Among other things, Bayern star Robert Lewandowski wore one in the colors of Ukraine in addition to the usual captain’s armband. A minute’s silence was held before each game.