Chelsea face Liverpool in Sunday’s EFL Cup final at Wembley and talks are ongoing over whether the national stadium’s dome will be lit in a show of solidarity after Ukraine was invaded by Russia.
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The English Football League (EFL) is discussing a gesture of solidarity with Ukraine at the League Cup final this weekend.
The match will be played with context Russia Invasion of Ukraine, with crisis engulfing European football. It led to the governing body UEFA making the decision to strip Russia of the honor of hosting this year’s season. Champions League final.
The game was originally scheduled to be played at the Gazprom Arena in St Petersburg on May 28 but will now be moved to the Stade de France in Paris.
The EFL has confirmed that discussions are still ongoing and it is possible Sunday’s match, with more than 80,000 people, could see the famous Wembley archway light up in yellow and blue – the colors of the national flag Ukraine.
Meetings are scheduled to take place between now and game day, with other characters involved in the process said to be promoting a gesture around the peace symbol.
The Carabao Cup final is one of the EFL’s key events, along with the end-of-season playoffs taking place in May and the Papa John’s Trophy final, which will take place on Sunday, April 3.
The decision to turn on the dome lights could cause a rift with Chelsea because their owner is Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich.
On Friday, Sofia Abramovich, the daughter of the Chelsea owner, spoke out against the actions of the Russian president Vladimir Putin after the country declared war on Ukraine.
Sofia posted a picture of her Instagram affirmed that the Russian people do not support his position on the Ukraine issue.
Sofia posted an image with the message “Russia wants war with Ukraine” but with Russia crossed out and replaced with “Putin wants war with Ukraine”.
It is a remarkable development as Sofia’s father is said to have ended his relationship with the Russian President and comes after Labor MP Chris Bryant called for a ban on Abramovich from owning the Blues following his decision to invade the country. geographical neighbors of Russia.
Abramovich has owned Chelsea since 2003 and oversaw the most successful period in the club’s history, winning numerous trophies – including Champions League twice – but rarely seen at Stamford Bridge these days.
The decision to exclude Russia from the Champions League final came after UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin called a meeting on Friday morning amid the escalating situation in Ukraine.
Press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov reacted to the decision, saying: “Of course, it is regrettable that such a decision has been made. But [the decision] already done, so it is accepted. “
Asked if he considered the decision politically motivated, the spokesman replied: “No, I didn’t say that. I just expressed regret.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/chelsea-liverpool-ukraine-russia-final-26331218 EFL negotiates Wembley gesture between Chelsea and Liverpool in Ukraine solidarity