Why are Russian flags banned at Ukrainian games?

Why are Russian flags banned at Ukrainian games?
Why are Russian flags banned at Ukrainian games?

Jun 17, 2024, 12:35 ET

Although there is no prohibition on entering stadiums with flags, the organization took the measure for fear of security problems.


UEFA has prohibited the flags of Russia during the matches Ukraine in the Euro 2024 due to fear that their presence could cause security issues inside the stadiums, a source told ESPN.

The flag national of Russia has been visible in a few matches in the competition so far, including the opening match between host Germany and Scotland in Munich and Sunday’s game between England and Serbia in Gelsenkirchen.

However, with the conflict of Russia and Ukraine still active after the Russian invasion in February 2022, the UEFA Now the entry of your flag to the matches in which he participates Ukrainewho lost 3-0 to Romania in their Group E match in Munich on Monday.

A spokesperson for the UEFA indicated: “The flags of Russia will not be allowed in national team matches. Ukraine.

“All flags “They are generally admitted unless they are considered provocative and/or discriminatory and/or could represent a security problem.”

The existing policy of the UEFA about flags and posters state that they will be permitted in stadiums unless they include prohibited or discriminatory symbols that would constitute a criminal offense in Germany, including racist, xenophobic, politically radical or National Socialist symbols.

But, although the flag of Russia does not meet any of those criteria, the risk that its visibility will cause riots in the matches of Ukraine has caused the UEFA prohibit the flag.

Russia is not currently competing in the Euro 2024.

The Russian federation has been suspended from all competitions of the UEFA and FIFA since the invasion of Ukrainealthough the national team is still allowed to play unofficial matches.

 
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