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China black out Premier League matches over support for Ukraine

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Chinese rights holders have told the Premier League they will not broadcast matches this weekend over the league’s planned show of support for Ukraine following Russia’s invasion, the BBC reported on Friday.

China is a close political ally of Russia, which calls its actions in Ukraine a “special operation”.

The Premier League said on Wednesday teams will show their support for Ukraine at games from March 5-7, with all 20 captains wearing special armbands in Ukrainian colours

The league said fans are encouraged to join players, managers, match officials and club staff in a moment of reflection and solidarity before kick-off at each game.

The screens at stadiums will display “Football Stands Together” against the backdrop of the blue and yellow colours of the Ukrainian flag.

Reuters has contacted the Premier League for comment.

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Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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