How the Premier League is helping Ukraine: Leicester send supplies, Saints provide 3,000 scarves
How the Premier League is helping Ukraine: Leicester team up with Red Cross volunteers to send supplies to Kyiv, while Southampton provide 3,000 yellow and blue scarves to fans
- Premier League expected to show solidarity with Ukraine this weekend
- Captains to wear yellow and blue armbands as ‘Football stands together’
- Clubs are also making their own efforts to send aid to those in the war zone.
- Latest Updates on Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine
Yellow and blue will be the Premier League colors and slogan ‘Football Stands Together’ in fixtures this weekend as the English top flight rally against Ukraine.
As Russia’s bloody invasion continues to terrorize its neighbors, a league-wide effort to show solidarity with Ukraine will dominate on game day.
The Premier League itself will include pro-Ukraine and anti-war messaging in television coverage of matches in Russia, and could prevent the nation from broadcasting next weekend’s fixtures entirely.
In reaction to the Premier League’s pro-Ukrainian decision, rights holders from Russia-allied China will not be showing this weekend’s games.
Back in England, team captains will wear yellow and blue armbands while many Ukrainian flags will be seen in the stands, after ‘Football Stands Together’ was shown on large screens ahead of kick-off.
Right here, sports mail details the support Premier League clubs themselves are providing to help the war-torn nation.
Premier League show support for Ukraine as they send anti-war message
Fans on the pitch were given signs and many brought Ukrainian flags
The Foxes were the first out on Saturday to welcome Leeds United to the King Power Stadium, as they added a splash of yellow to their blue ground.
Both teams gathered around the center circle at kick-off for an impeccably observed minute of applause to show their solidarity with Ukraine, after posing with a “Football Stands Together” banner.
Leicester is also making a physical difference by teaming up with the British and Ukrainian Red Cross to raise funds and supplies to send to the beleaguered capital, Kyiv – where residents sheltering underground lack the essentials.
Leicester and Leeds gathered before kick-off to hold up a banner in support of the nation
The Clarets host Chelsea at Turf Moor on Saturday, and chairman Alan Pace had a few words about the Ukraine crisis in his program notes.
“Events unfolding in the world today put football in context,” Pace said. “I want to use this column to once again send solidarity and support to the people of Ukraine following the devastating scenes that have been unfolding in the country since the Russian invasion.
I believe that in times like this, football has the power to unite and send a clear message. We were proud to welcome members of the local Ukrainian community to Turf Moor this week and I want to lend my support to everyone involved in the area.
Burnley will don warm-up shirts with the words ‘Football Stands United – No War’ on them, after hosting the local Ukrainians at Turf Moor for the loss to Leicester in midweek.
Burnley will wear special warm-up shirts for their Premier League clash against Chelsea
Ralph Hassenhuttl’s team are on the road this weekend, but being away from St Mary’s won’t stop them from getting the pro-Ukrainian message out.
Traveling fans arriving in the west of the country for the clash against Aston Villa will find yellow and blue scarves on their seats, after the club had 3,000 specially made.
The Saints have teamed up with their shirt sponsor Sportsbet to make the scarves, which have offices in Kyiv.
New scarves will await Southampton fans when they arrive at Villa Park on Saturday afternoon