UEFA obliged the Ukrainian national football team to remove the phrase "Glory to the Heroes" from the uniform of the team players. The organization allegedly found a militaristic and political subtext in the phrase, RBC-Ukraine reported, citing a comment of the UEFA press service.
The organization left unchanged the map of Ukraine depicted on the form, as UEFA does not recognize the annexation of Crimea by Russia. The phrase "Glory to Ukraine" also remains—it was officially allowed to be used by Ukrainian footballers back in 2018.
Initially, representatives of the organization did not examine the phrase "Glory to the Heroes" in detail. However, after additional research into its context, a political subtext, as well as a militaristic and historical meaning were allegedly revealed. Therefore, UEFA has put forward a requirement for the Ukrainian national team to remove this phrase from the uniform for Euro 2020.
The Ukrainian Association of Football confirmed that UEFA made such a demand. Now the UAF representatives are negotiating with UEFA to retain the slogan "Glory to the Heroes". The UAF recalled that the national team's uniform was initially approved as a whole, along with the phrase that now is being demanded by UEFA to be removed.
Context. The Ukrainian national football team will play at the European Championship 2020 in a new uniform with the inscription "Glory to Ukraine!" and the map of Ukraine, where the Crimean peninsula is part of our country. This angered Russia that had annexed Crimea in 2014. Moscow began to demand from UEFA to prohibit Ukraine from playing in such a uniform.
Russian President Putin was personally outraged by the uniform of the Ukrainian national team, stating that Ukraine "neglects the expression of the will" of the Crimean population.