Netherlands gives surprise verdict on controversial Ukrainian national slogans

Netherlands gives surprise verdict on controversial Ukrainian national slogans

The Dutch ambassador to Ukraine has spoken out on the banned national team shirt designs that caused outrage by carrying the slogans of ‘Glory to Ukraine’ and ‘Glory to the Heroes’.

The Ukraine national team shirts, which were unveiled shortly before Euro 2020 before being outlawed by UEFA amid an escalating row, were described by Andriy Pavelko, the President of the Ukrainian Football Association, as showing the “only and undivided homeland”.

That is a questionable statement given that the Crimean Peninsula was made part of Russia following a referendum held on the territory and the signing of the accession treaty in 2014 in the midst of the Ukrainian revolution.

Russian football bosses were said to have expressed their concerns at the time to UEFA over the designs which had the slogans stitched into them.

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