Several reports surfaced on Monday that the English Premier League and English Football League were set to suspend their broadcast contracts in Russia following the country’s invasion of Ukraine, which sparked outrage widespread in much of the world.
The EPL and EFL announced on Tuesday that those deals were now on hold. The EFL comprises the Championship, the English Second Division, as well as League 1 and League 2.
“The Premier League and its clubs have today unanimously agreed to suspend our agreement with Russian broadcast partner Rambler (Okko Sport) with immediate effect and to donate £1million in support of the people Ukrainian,” the English top flight said in an official statement. “The League strongly condemns Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. We appeal for peace and our hearts go out to all those affected. The £1million donation will go to the Emergency Committee in the event (DEC) to deliver humanitarian aid directly to those in need.”
Sky Sports reports that the Premier League’s deal with Russian broadcast partner Rambler (Okko Sport) is worth around £6million a year.
“Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the ensuing humanitarian crisis in the region, the EFL has suspended the broadcast of its matches in the Russian Federation,” the EFL added in a statement. separate. “Access to the EFL’s iFollow service and other Club streaming services has also been removed in the territory.
“Echoing the views of the Premier League and other organizations around the world, the EFL remains deeply concerned about the ongoing dispute. .”
Over the weekend, screens inside Premier League stadiums displayed “Football Stands Together” messages displayed against a backdrop of the Ukrainian flag. “A moment of reflection and solidarity” took place before each game, and the captains wore special armbands displaying the blue and yellow colors of the Ukrainian flag.
“It is absolutely the right thing to do and we fully support the Premier League’s decision to stop showing matches in Russia in response to Putin’s barbaric and senseless invasion of Ukraine,” the minister said. British Sportsman Nigel Huddleston. “Russia cannot be allowed to legitimize its illegal war through sport and culture, and we must work together to ensure Putin remains a pariah on the international stage.”
UEFA and FIFA suspended Russian national teams and clubs from competitions on February 28. As expected and confirmed by media such as The Athletic, the Russian Football Union appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.