Ukrainian football fans call on England supporters to boycott 2018 World Cup in Russia

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2015/06/03 • News

The UK Ukrainian Sports Supporters Club are calling on England fans to boycott the World Cup in Russia. The Supporters Club is concerned about the safety of its members and other Ukrainians in Russia if Ukraine succeeds in qualifying for the World Cup.

The Supporters Club, a voluntary organization which organises tickets and pre-match gatherings for all Ukrainian sporting events in the UK, joins the Ukrainian president, Petro Poroshenko in calling for a boycott of the World Cup in Russia in 2018. The Supporters Club has written to England football supporters clubs, calling on them to support a campaign to strip Russia of the right to host the world cup in 2018 and to boycott the event if it does take place.

The Supporters Club states that a country that has violated international laws and engaged a war against another country should not be extended the privilege of hosting a prestigious event.

Putin has incited racial hate against Ukrainians. UEFA have recognised the risk to Ukrainian supporters and have kept Russian and Ukrainian teams apart in the draw for the Europa league this season.

The Russian war on Ukraine has had a direct impact on Ukrainian football, with Crimean teams no longer playing professional football, and Eastern Ukrainian teams have been displaced, Shakhtar Donetsk now play their matches 1000km from their stadium.

Stepan Luzcka, president of the UK Ukrainian Sports Supporters Club says:

“Russia should not be extended the privilege of hosting the World Cup following its aggression in Ukraine. We are extremely concerned for our supporters if Ukraine qualify and the World Cup goes ahead in a country where racial hatred against Ukraine is incited from the President.”

The Supporters Club president has written to England Supporters clubs calling on them to support the boycott – you can download the letter here.

Over the last 12 months, Russian military forces have been present in Ukraine and have engaged in a war against Ukrainian forces and occupied eastern parts of Ukraine’s territory. As a result, over 6000 people have died, including innocent civilians and over a million have been displaced, including 300,000 children.

On 17 July 2014, flight MH17 was shot down over Ukrainian territory. Mounting evidence has shown that this flight was shot down by a Russian controlled BUK missile. 10 British citizens were amongst the 300 innocent passengers murdered in this act.

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  • puttypants

    Why is Russia being allowed to hold the games? What kind of serious sanctions does Europe or USA have against Russia. Boycott the entire country. Enough of Putin’s crap and bullying. Why would anyone support that man and his regime?

  • puttypants

    Ivan…how do you have the balls to sit here and defend Russia? A country that has stolen Ukraine’s land, killed over 6 thousand people and over 15,000 wounded, devastated cities and towns in Ukraine with close to two million refugees and you sit here and talk about it’s ok to go to Russia just don’t talk about your political views?? Are you kidding? You and your country are war criminals. I would hope that no one would step foot in your evil empire ever again. If they do it just shows how morally corrupt people are!!

    • canuke

      Ivan, you appear to me to be a very shallow person. Sometimes, one has to take a stand for what is ethical and moral. You remind me of those sovietized Ukrainians who used to say that they didn’t care if it was kovbasa or kolbasa, as long as they had some on their plates.

  • Rods

    It is not only Ukraine that will have serious safety concerns, but also the citizens of the USA and any African nation’s supporters where we have seen regularly in the Russian press convictions of Moscow Nazi gangs where they have attacked and in many cases murdered ethnic minorities.

    As a football supporter I’m all for the boycott of the 2018 world cup and their sponsors products and will fully support the FA and UEFA in their efforts to achieve this. There is still plenty of time for the FBI to uncover any possible bribery and corruption in this and the 2022 bids and for a reformed FIFA/UEFA and the FA to act in an appropriate manner.

    • Brent

      put pressure on the sponsors. The are the lifeblood of FIFA.

  • Brent

    England ranked #14, Russia #27, Ukraine #33. I guess Russia is just as ‘mediocre’ as the rest?

    http://www.fifa.com/fifa-world-ranking/ranking-table/men/

    As for the ‘safety’, even R.T. has its concerns….and God forbid anyone have a political view against that of the Motherland…according to even you!

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/russia/10416794/Russia-shamed-by-new-hooliganism-scandal-as-30-fans-held-after-Spartak-Moscow-fans-cause-football-riot.html

    http://rt.com/news/167680-russia-football-hooligans-brazil/

    http://www.themoscowtimes.com/article/500176.html

  • Michel Cloarec

    Everybody is at risk in russia ! Journalists, regime opponents, chechnians,
    So better not go there !