The English Premier League has decided to suspend its agreement with the Russian broadcast partner, Okko Sport following the country’s invasion of Ukraine.
Premier League unveiled in a statement that it had unanimously agreed with the clubs and it would donate one million pounds ($1.31 million) to support the people of Ukraine.
”The League strongly condemns Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. We call for peace and our thoughts are with all those impacted,” the statement read.
”The £1 million donation will be made to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) to deliver humanitarian aid directly to those in need.”
During the weekend’s fixtures, the English top-flight clubs showcased their support of Ukraine, with club captains wearing special armbands. The players, staff and fans also joined in a moment of reflection and solidarity before kickoffs.
The slogan “Football Stands Together” was displayed on the big screens against the backdrop of the blue and yellow colours of the Ukrainian flag.
Following Russia’s attack on Ukraine, several global sports organizations and brands have terminated their associations with the country. FIFA and UEFA banned Russian football national teams and clubs from all competitions until further notice. Last week, after imposing sanctions, FIFA banned Russia from the upcoming Qatar World Cup 2022.
UEFA shifted the Champions League final from St. Petersburg, Russia to Stade de France in Saint-Denis, France. UEFA and Schalke 04 also ended their collaboration with Gazprom.
Adidas, who was the kit manufacturer since 2008, also concluded its partnership with the Russian Football Federation. The German brand also halted operations of stores, online shopping in Russia.
Manchester United also terminated their association with the Russian national airline, Aeroflot. The premium English football league outfit, Everton also ended collaborations with Russian companies – USM Holdings, MegaFon, and Yota.
In addition, last week Formula 1 also announced that the Russian Grand Prix could not be held under such circumstances. The Formula 1 team, Haas also concluded its partnership with the Russian driver, Nikita Mazepin and its title sponsor, Uralkali.