The Premier League has unanimously agreed to suspend a deal with its Russian broadcast partner to broadcast football matches in the country.
The agreement to end the agreement with Rambler (Okko Sport) will take place with immediate effect, he said.
The Premier League has also agreed to donate £1million to “support the people of Ukraine“.
Clubs gathered in London on Tuesday to vote on the decision and a statement said the league “strongly condemns Russiainvasion of Ukraine”.
“We call for peace and our hearts go out to all those affected. The £1million donation will go to the Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC) to provide humanitarian aid directly to those affected. need.”
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The league reached a TV rights deal with Rambler in April 2019, securing exclusive regional rights to show the best of English football for three seasons.
‘Good thing to do’ in response to ‘barbaric and senseless invasion’
Moscow-based TV company Rambler, which outbid former distributor Match TV three years ago to secure the TV rights deal, is a subsidiary of Sberbank.
The Russian state-owned bank was added to the British government’s sanctions list last week.
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English football’s governing body, the Football Association (FA), has also suspended its partnership with Russian broadcasters over FA Cup rights with immediate effect, according to the AP.
Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston said: “It is absolutely the right thing to do and we fully support the Premier League’s decision to stop showing games in Russia in response to the barbaric and senseless invasion of Ukraine by Putin.
“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.”
Solidarity clubs of Ukraine
Premier League clubs showed solidarity with Ukraine in recent fixtures, with captains wearing special armbands in Ukrainian colors, while stadium screens displayed “Football Stands Together”.
Ukrainian players Oleksandr Zinchenko and Vitaliy Mykolenko both captained their respective sides last week as they made their first appearances for Manchester City and Everton since the start of the invasion.
On Saturday, the Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel criticized some club supporters after singing for Roman Abramovich during the applause the minute before his teams clash at Burnley.
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Chelsea owner Abramovich said last week that he sell the club with the “net proceeds” going to victims of the war in Ukraine.
The Russian billionaire bought Chelsea in 2003 but said it was “in the interest of the club” to sell them.
He said he would not ask for the loans he made to the club – which are believed to total £1.5billion – to be repaid and put a £3billion price tag at Chelsea.
FIFA has announced a temporary rule change
On Monday, world football’s governing body FIFA announced a temporary change to its laws, allowing foreign players based in Ukraine and Russia to suspend their contracts until the end of June and relocate elsewhere.
“Players and coaches will be considered ‘out of contract’ until June 30, 2022 and will therefore be free to sign a contract with another club without incurring consequences of any kind,” FIFA said in a statement.
Last week, FIFA and UEFA announced that Russian national teams and clubs had been suspended from all international competitions, a decision which the Russian Football Union said it would appeal to the Arbitral Tribunal of the sport.
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UEFA has also accepted a request from the Ukrainian Football Association to suspend its World Cup qualifier against Scotland.
The match was due to be played later this month, but the delay means the play-off final will now also be suspended.