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Chelsea Fans interrupted a moment of solidarity in support of Ukraine on Saturday when they began chanting the name of Russian owner Roman Abramovich, who Announcing the sale of the club this week Amid the violent reaction to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Videos posted on social media appeared to show fans chanting “Roman Abramovich” during the planned one-minute applause in support of Ukraine ahead of the Chelsea-Burnley match.
Loud chants were met louder than those who berated the boycott.
The Premier League issued a statement on Wednesday condemning Russia’s attacks on Ukraine and announced measures the league will take to show its support for Ukraine during the weekend’s matches.
“The Premier League and our clubs strongly reject Russia’s actions and will show their support to the people of Ukraine in all matches this weekend,” the league said in a statement on Wednesday. We ask for peace and our thoughts are with all affected.
According to the statement, the captains of the 20 teams scheduled to participate will wear special badges in the colors of Ukraine. There will also be a moment of “reflection and solidarity” before kick-off, and on the big video screens in every stadium the phrase “Football Stands Together” will appear above the colors of the Ukrainian flag.
Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel criticized the fans’ behavior after the 4-0 win, saying it was a moment to “show respect” and not “for other messages”.
cross said France Press agency. “This is not the time to give other messages. It is the time to show respect. We want to do that. As a club we need our fans to stick to this minute of applause.”
He continued, “We are doing this for Ukraine and there is no second opinion on this situation. They have our ideas and our support and we have to stand together. It is not the right moment for other messages.”