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Give peace a chance!

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The conflict between Ukraine and Russia have been raging on for a few days now with all the world watching keenly what happens. The footballing community has also been heavily vested in this with players and clubs calling for peace. With the Western powers and NATO imposing sanctions on Russia, UEFA, FIFA and several clubs have also taken action vis-a-vis their sponsorship deals. Meanwhile, it remains to be seen what happens in the future as the situation is still evolving.

Ukrainian footballers have been at the forefront of protesting and standing solidarity with the nation.




Manchester United came to the field with a placard with the word “Peace” written in multiple languages before their game against Watford. Players from both teams stood in solidarity to give the message of peace before the kickoff.


Dynamo Kyiv captain Sergey Sydorchuk asked for efforts to “preserve our independence and sovereignty of the country.”






Former Ukraine national team manager and all-time great Andriy Shevchenko called on th Russian government “to stop their aggression and violation of international law”, stating that “We only want peace. War is not the answer.”


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Russian striker Fyodor Smolev became the first player from his country to publicly oppose his country’s actions.


UEFA followed quickly, with a major piece of news. The final of this year’s Champions League, originally given to St. Petersburg Stadium, has been moved to the Stade de France in Paris.


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Clubs have not stayed silent either with several cutting off or pausing their ties with Russian sponsors.


Even BILD has followed the German club’s lead.





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One of the major talking points in UK has been around Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and his links to Vladimir Putin over the years. The British Parliament has already barred him from living in the country, while there have also been murmurs of forcing him to relinquish control of the Blues. Abramovich as already relinquished the “stewardship” of the club.


Yesterday, his daughter posted the following on her personal Instagram account.


Ratul Ghosh
His name means Red and a fan of devilish food, which equals to his favourite team being Manchester United. Can be found sleeping or in front of the TV otherwise. Hates waking up early but loves staying up late for football.

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