Premier League matches will not be shown in China this weekend after England in general and the league in particular publicly showed solidarity with Ukraine.
Supporting Russia China takes shocking action with the Premier League
Premier League teams projected Ukraine’s national flag on a big screen before the match, with captains wearing special blue and yellow armbands, the colors of the Ukrainian flag. Billboards and screens also carry messages protesting against Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.
In response, China – a political ally of Russia – has told Premier League leaders it will not be broadcasting matches this weekend, including the much-anticipated Manchester derby.
The world’s most populous country has also denounced economic sanctions imposed by the United Kingdom and the European Union against Russia, blaming the United States for provoking Putin.
This is not the first time China has blocked the broadcasting of sports abroad, China Central Television has stopped broadcasting the NBA after the executive director of the Houston Rockets club tweeted in support of the protesters. Love in Hong Kong in October 2019.
It remains to be seen whether the Premier League will hold its current stance or not in the face of massive financial losses.
Lewandowski gave up tons of money, definitely stopped the contract with the Chinese corporation
The Poland international has spoken out in support of Ukraine amid political turmoil in Eastern Europe, and has now severed ties with a trading partner.
Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has ended his sponsorship deal with Huawei, giving up “a lot of money” following the action, his agent said.
The Chinese tech company is said to have helped Russia protect its internet against cyberattacks directed at the country. Lewandowski used to be Huawei’s global brand ambassador, but he has now severed all ties that could cost him around 5 million euros.
Max Bielefeld, who works for Lewandowski’s regulator, told GOAL: “This matter is very important to Robert and therefore he is willing to act very decisively and give up a lot of money.”
Lewandowski has been vocal in support of Ukraine since it was attacked by Russia. He wore the blue and yellow captain’s armband when he entered the field for Bayern against Eintracht Frankfurt on 26 February.
The Polish striker also publicly supported the decision to boycott the World Cup play-off semi-final against Russia on March 24. Along with Poland are the Czech Republic and Sweden. Then the World Football Federation removed Russia’s status from the 2022 World Cup qualifiers. Other sports of this country were also boycotted.
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