During the Russia-Belgium football match in St. Petersburg, the players of the Belgian team bowed their knees in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. The players of the Russian national team did not join the gesture and Russian fans booed the Belgian players. FARE (The anti-racist football network “Football Against Racism in Europe”) reacted to the whistling of the Russians to the Belgian national team, calling it a “racist signal.”
To deprive Ukrainian athletes of their uniform where Crimea is Ukrainian, Russia suddenly remembered that “sport is beyond politics.” This is in the country that has twice used the Olympics to cover up military aggression against sovereign neighboring states.
On Sunday, the Ukrainian national football team presented its new kit for Euro 2020 which is about to get started this Friday, June 11. A blue-and-yellow shirt depicts the national map of Ukraine, led by the slogan “Glory to Ukraine”. No breaking news, right? However, the reaction of the Kremlin’s officials was both furious and asymmetric which once again proved that for the Kremlin any pretext would go. So why this time, official Moscow grabbed the case of the football team’s kit as a source of inspiration for disinformation and propaganda spread?