Premier League suspends Russian TV deal and donates £1m to Ukrainian victims

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The Premier League has suspended its television deal with Russian broadcasters Rambler & Co Media Group in the wake of the Ukrainian invasion.

All 20 top flight clubs made the unanimous decision following a meeting yesterday (Tue) and have also agreed to donate £1m to support victims of the conflict in eastern Europe.

The deal with Rambler had been worth £6m-a-season to the Premier League, but was poised to end in June when the current campaign finishes.

Match TV, owned by Russian energy giant Gazprom, has agreed a new six-year deal worth £42m to show top flight games from the start of next season, but it remains to be seen if League bosses will pull the plug on that was well.

A League statement said: "The League strongly condemns Russia's invasion of Ukraine. We call for peace and our thoughts are with all those impacted."

The £1million donation will be made to the 'Disasters Emergency Committee' (DEC) to deliver humanitarian aid directly to those in need."

This action follows a weekend of matches displaying League-wide support for Ukraine.

All club captains wore special armbands and fans joined players, managers, match officials and club staff in a moment of reflection and solidarity before kick-off at each game."

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Big screens displayed ‘Football Stands Together’ against the backdrop of the blue and yellow colours of the Ukrainian flag.

These words were also shown on LED perimeter boards during matches."

This message of solidarity was visible to fans around the world across Premier League digital channels and via match broadcasts.

This is in addition to the numerous ways in which clubs continue to display their support."

Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston said: "This is absolutely the right thing to do and we fully support the Premier League's decision to stop broadcasting matches in Russia in response to Putin's barbaric, senseless invasion of Ukraine."

Russia cannot be allowed to legitimise its illegal war through sport and culture, and we must work together to ensure Putin remains a pariah on the international stage."

  • Premier League
  • Ukraine
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