Premier League suspends business with Russian broadcaster

By Piyush


The Premier League declared on Tuesday it was suspending its deal with its Russian broadcast partner after the seizure of Ukraine.

The decision was made at a shareholders’ meeting in London, where all 20 clubs were in acceptance.

In a different move, the Football Association too has suspended its deal with Russia, which means this month’s FA Cup quarter-finals will not be broadcasted whilst the English Football League has withdrawn broadcast access in the country.

The Premier League stated it would also donate £1 million ($1.3 million) to support the people hit by the war in Ukraine.

“The Premier League and its clubs today unanimously agreed to suspend our agreement with Russian broadcast partner Rambler (Okko Sport) with immediate effect and to donate £1 million to support the people of Ukraine,” a statement stated.

“The league strongly condemns Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. We call for peace and our thoughts are with all those impacted.”

“The £1 million donation will be made to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) to deliver humanitarian aid directly to those in need.”

All club captains put-on special armbands and fans along with players, managers, match officials and club staff took a moment of silence and harmony before kick-off at each match.

Big screens displayed ‘Football Stands Together’ with blue-and-yellow colours of the Ukrainian flag.

Chinese rights holders also abandoned their coverage of matches to show harmony with Ukraine.



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