The Ukrainian Association of Football (UAF) approved “Glory to Ukraine – Glory to Heroes!” slogan as the football symbol. This news was reported by UAF President Andriy Pavelko on Facebook.
In other words, the Executive Committee of the UAF approved “the official football status” of slogans. After this report, many posts of Ukrainians appeared on the social networks with the common theme “Defended” and “Win” referring to the dispute around the uniform of the national team at the Euro 2020.
The prehistory in brief
The national team of Ukraine, on the eve of Euro 2020, presented the new uniform. It has the depiction of the map of Ukraine, including occupied Crimea and the slogan “Glory to Ukraine” and “Glory to Heroes”.
The second part of the slogan (Glory to Heroes) is at the inner side of the collar. The UEFA demanded from Ukraine to remove this part after the protests of Russia.
Finally, according to Pavelko, he urgently went to Rome for talks with the UEFA. It was stated on June 10. Today, on June 11, the UAF made a decision on football symbols and it was considered as the victory in the dispute with the UEFA. Is that true?
At least, for now.
The issue, in fact, is in simple things. The decision of the UAF is not the decision of the UEFA. The UEFA did not change its opinion toward the “Glory to Heroes!” slogan.
The organization of the Euro (in fact, of all European, club and international championships) is held by the UEFA. It is the UEFA that establishes the rules.
The real-world example. At the championship of Ukraine on football, before the beginning of the match, the anthem of Ukraine plays. It is the decision of the Ukrainian Premier League that organizes the inner championship.
During the Champions League or Europe League organized by the UEFA, it does not take place. We can also mention other rules – the number of substitutions at different championships and different tournaments can differ.
Thus, the situation is the same yet. There is a demand of the UEFA to remove “Glory to Heroes!” from the shirts. The demand is not canceled.
What happened? Most likely, it is the extra bonus in talks with the UEFA. As Pavelko suggested yesterday.
When he announced the decision on the football symbols and added that the talks with the UEFA continue today at 10:30.