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Russia files complaint with FIFA after Ukraine football team wore shirt with Crimea map on front

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  • Ukraine wore shirts with a map of Crimea on the front for their matches against Wales and Scotland.
  • Russia has now complained to FIFA about the shirts.

The Russian Football Union (RFU) has lodged an official complaint with FIFA regarding the shirts worn by Ukraine in recent matches.

Ukraine wore blue shirts that featured a map of the country on the front, which included the Crimean peninsula, as it narrowly missed out on a place at this year’s World Cup in Qatar with a loss to Wales in Cardiff on Sunday.

The team also wore a yellow version of the shirts when they won in Scotland last week.

Russia annexed Crimea to Ukraine in 2014, with Russian President Vladimir Putin citing the need to protect the rights of Russian citizens and Russian speakers in the region.

The conflict escalated in February this year when Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

Crimea is still internationally recognized as part of Ukraine, but Russia considers it part of its territory and has de facto jurisdiction over the region.

The RFU said on Sunday, according to the official Russian news agency TASS, that he had sent a complaint to the world soccer‘s government on the shirts.

“The Russian Football Union has sent a protest to FIFA regarding the violation of organizational rules by the Ukrainian Football Association, namely the protest over the form of the national team of the image of Crimea in framework of Ukraine,” the RFU said. said.

“In addition, another protest was expressed on the facts of individual statements of representatives of Ukraine against citizens of Russia.”

Honorary RFU President Vyacheslav Koloskov justified the complaint by referring to the disputed outcome of the Crimean referendum in March 2014.

In the referendum, 95.5% of voters in Crimea voted in favor of joining Russia, although there remain suggestions that the vote was rigged. The United States and the European Union (EU) called the referendum illegal.

“This protest is crucial,” Koloskov said. “Since the referendum, Crimea and Sevastopol are territories of Russia. If any territory of Russia is represented on the sports equipment from another country, so as a result, we were forced to send such a protest.

“That’s absolutely fair. Now we’ll wait for a reaction.”

This is not the first time that Russia has complained about Ukrainian jerseys displaying a map of Crimea.

Ukraine unveiled similar kits ahead of last year’s European Championships, prompting the RFU to file a complaint with UEFA, European football’s governing body.

The Ukrainian Football Association (UAF) was not required to change the borders depicted on its shirts, but was ordered to remove a phrase from the collar that read “glory to the heroes”.

FIFA did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment regarding the RFU’s latest complaint.