Tennis veteran Sergiy Stakhovsky, who as soon as knocked Roger Federer out of Wimbledon, has reacted to Ukraine’s curious new shirt being banned from Euro 2020 by claiming that Russia’s response made the controversy a political one.
The ill-fated high had been trumpeted by the Ukraine workforce forward of the beginning of the match on Friday, inflicting a substantial stir this week after being revealed at quick discover with slogans together with “glory to Ukraine, glory to heroes” in its cloth.
Also containing a probably inflammatory map of the Crimean Peninsula which disgusted leaders in the area, the shirt now seems to have been outlawed for use by match organizers UEFA following an attraction by the Russian Football Union.
Responding to the developments on Facebook, Stakhovsky uploaded a photograph of a pair of trainers with scrawlings throughout the again replicating the slogans.
“The very fact that UEFA has revised the appropriateness of our uniform at Euro 2020 is already political,” he advised his followers.
“They did it because of a complaint from the Russian authorities. So much for your ‘no politics in football’ rubbish.
“This is a photograph from way back to 2015 – as a result of heroes don’t die.”
Russian leader Vladimir Putin downplayed the issue after the Kremlin said that tensions would not be stoked should the teams meet at Euro 2020, while his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky, shared a photo of himself in the shirt, accompanying it by offering questionable political contentions.
Bosses at UEFA were said to have initially approved the design of the shirt, but they now appear to have revisited the idea.
“The uniform will most certainly be altered,” the press secretary of the Ukraine supervisor, Andriy Shevchenko, is said to have advised Ukrainian newspaper Vesti.