How Russia’s invasion of Ukraine affected sports

Not only the stock market and oil prices were affected by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but also the sports industry.

Following Vladimir Putin’s declaration of military action, Russia is “facing expulsion on all major sporting fronts” due to fallout, Irish independence speak. And sports bodies across Europe are receiving “instructions” from national governments in the wake of the invasion.

Here we analyze how the invasion has affected sport in both countries and what it means for hosting major sporting events.

UEFA Champions League Final

St Petersburg is scheduled to host the 2022 Uefa Champions League final on Saturday, May 28. But after an emergency meeting, European football’s governing body has confirmed that the match will now be played. took place at the Stade de France in Paris.

The final is scheduled to be held at Krestovsky Stadium – the so-called “Gazprom Arena” due to the title sponsorship deal with the Russian energy giant. The 68,000-capacity stadium in Putin’s hometown is also hosting matches at the 2018 Fifa World Cup and Uefa’s Euro 2020 tournament.

Russian Football Federation (RFU) president Alexander Dyukov said he “cannot support” the move, BBC reported. Dyukov, who serves on Uefa’s executive committee and is the CEO of Gazprom’s subsidiary, Gazprom Neft, added: “We believe this decision was made for political reasons. RFU always adheres to the principle of ‘sports not outside of politics’. “

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said it was “embarrassing” that such a decision was made. He told reporters: “St Petersburg can create all favorable conditions to organize this football festival.

The BBC says this is “the third year running”, the venue for the Champions League final has been moved. The 2020 and 2021 finals have been moved because of the pandemic.

Sponsorship transactions: Gazprom and Aeroflot

Russian energy company Gazprom is a major sponsor of European football, including the Uefa Champions League. Uefa is facing “mounting pressure” to end the relationship it has with the company, FT speak.

German club Schalke 04 also made a move to cut ties with Gazprom. Schalke, one of Germany’s biggest football teams, has removed its sponsor Gazprom from their jerseys.

In the UK, Premier League giants Manchester United have terminated their sponsorship deal with Russian airline Aeroflot. As part of Russian sanctions, Aeroflot has been banned from doing business in the UK, Journal reported. In a statement, United said: “Due to events in Ukraine, we have withdrawn the sponsorship rights of Aeroflot. We share the concern of fans around the world and extend our sympathy to those affected. ”

Football in Ukraine and Russia

Ukraine’s domestic football league is scheduled to restart today after the winter break after the holiday. But now matches have been halted for at least 30 days. “Following the imposition of martial law in Ukraine, the championship draw has been suspended,” the federation said in a statement.

Dynamo Kyiv, one of Ukraine’s biggest clubs, “states its opposition” The invasion, reported the Irish Independent. “We are on our land, and we will not give it to anyone,” the club announced. “For us – truth, give us victory! We will surely win, and the people of Ukraine from Uzhgorod to Lugansk, from Chernihiv to Sevastopol will be proud that they are citizens of a great country named Ukraine. ”

Uefa also confirmed that Russian and Ukrainian clubs and national teams competing in Uefa tournaments will be required to play their home matches at neutral venues until new announcement, Sports sky reported. Spartak Moscow will be affected as they are still in the Europa League, where they face RB Leipzig in the first leg of the round of 16 next month.

Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix takes place at the Sochi Autodrome in Sochi

F1: Russian GP and Nikita Mazepin

This year’s Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix, scheduled to take place at the Sochi Autodrom on September 25, has been cancelled. F1 said it was impossible to keep the Russian GP in the current circumstances.

F1 has made “no suggestions” on which country could replace Russia on the 2022 calendar, Guardians speak. Turkey has been considered a possible venue, but F1 is understood to be “not considering Istanbul Park Circuit as an option this time”.

There is also “uncertainty” surrounding Haas’ F1 Team, Race speak. Haas has removed the Uralkali title sponsor’s branding and captain Guenther Steiner has admitted that the position of Russian driver Nikita Mazepin “needs to be resolved”.

Mazepin is the son of the major shareholder of Uralkali, Dmitry Mazepin – a close associate of Putin. At today’s pre-season test in Barcelona, ​​he’ll be driving the Haas VF-22 which will be off the track in plain white paint, minus the Uralkali branding.

The Invasion and the Olympics

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine comes just days after the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing ended. Many thought the Russians wouldn’t take any action until the game was over – and that was “to avoid going against China”, saidNPRby Frank Langfitt.

The “distraction” of the Olympic Games was “a component” in PutinTim Fernholz says aggressive foreign policy in recent years Quartz. “In other words, this is a great time to invade another place.”

There is certainly “some history” regarding Russia’s military action and the Olympics, CNN reported to Beijing in 2022. When Russia annexed Crimea in 2014, it happened just as the Winter Olympics in Sochi were coming to an end and in 2008, Russia invaded Georgia while the Summer Olympics were underway. out.

“Putin has spent three of the last eight Olympics ‘invading a country or going to do it in a terrible way’,” said Michael Rosenberg. Sports Illustrated. The timing in Ukraine was “probably random” – it’s hard to believe Putin thought the world would let him invade a country because it was “too distracted by the toboggan, or if you like: the sled ice”. Rosenberg added: “This is not good for my book recommendation, The art of war while riding a toboggan / toboggan“.

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