Impact of the Russian-Ukrainian crisis on football: live updates on the Champions League, the World Cup, Roman Abramovich and more.

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February 27, 2022 at 4:45 p.m. East

Klopp on the Russian conflict

Speaking to the Norwegian platform Viaplay Football After winning the Carabao Cup final, the Liverpool manager said: “I’m almost 55 and I don’t understand how an adult can put the whole world in such a situation. I know so many Ukrainians. This is a really bad guy’s war. We need to show solidarity.

“As it always is in dark times – you need times when you can think about something else, and I’m glad we were able to do that tonight. It’s really hard to take – we have to show some resilience. solidarity with all sensitivity.”

(Photo: Getty Images)

Jacob Whitehead

February 27, 2022 at 4:39 p.m. East

A remarkable moment at Benfica

Ukrainian international Roman Yaremchuk is replaced by Benfica and receives the captain’s armband from Jan Vertonghen.

The entire stadium rises as Yaremchuk is moved to tears.

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

February 27, 2022 at 4:09 p.m. East

Andriy Shevchenko pictured at today’s anti-war protest in London

He led Ukraine until last summer and Genoa until the start of this year.

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

February 27, 2022 at 3:34 p.m. East

BREAKING: Polish FA insist they won’t play World Cup qualifier against Russia despite FIFA measures

The football associations of Poland and Sweden have reiterated their refusal to play the World Cup qualifiers against Russia, despite the measures taken by FIFA against the country after the invasion of Ukraine.

In a letter to the governing body, the Polish Football Federation said that “as a football association, we refuse to participate in play-off matches in which the Russian national team appears”.

On Sunday evening, FIFA decided that Russia cannot play at home and that the team must compete under the name “Football Union of Russia” (RFU). No flags or anthems will be allowed.

Full story here.

(Photo: Mikolaj Barbanell/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

February 27, 2022 at 2:38 p.m. East

BREAKING NEWS: FIFA imposes measures on Russia in response to its ‘invasion of Ukraine’

Football’s world governing body FIFA has imposed measures on Russia “to reiterate its condemnation of Russia’s use of force in its invasion of Ukraine”.

Russia will not be able to play at home and the team must compete under the name “Football Union of Russia” (RFU). No flags or anthems will be allowed.

They also did not rule out “a possible exclusion from competitions”, in the event of an escalation of the conflict.

The decision was taken in coordination with UEFA, European football’s governing body, FIFA said.

Full story here.

(Photo: Harold Cunningham/FIFA)

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

February 27, 2022 at 1:13 p.m. East

Open letter sent by Ukrainian Olympians to the IOC

They are calling for Russian and Belarusian athletes to be banned from international sport, including the upcoming Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing.

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

February 27, 2022 at 12:34 East

ICYMI: Czech Republic refuses to face Russia in World Cup play-off

The Czech FA have said their national team will not face Russia if the two sides meet in the World Cup play-offs.

Russia are set to face Poland on March 24 in Moscow, and the winner is set to face the Czech Republic or Sweden on March 29 for the chance to reach the final in Qatar.

Poland and Sweden confirmed on Saturday that they would also refuse to play against Russia. To read the full story, click here.

Holly Percival

Holly Percival·

Junior Editor, News

February 27, 2022 at 11:43 a.m. East

Solidarity with Ukraine shown in EFL Carabao Cup final

Blue and yellow colors have flooded Wembley Stadium as the teams head to the pitch for the Carabao Cup final.

Captains Jordan Henderson and Cesar Azpilicueta laid blue and yellow wreaths on the pitch, ‘Football Stands Together’ played on the screens and a minute-long applause took place before the English national anthem.

Holly Percival

Holly Percival·

Junior Editor, News

February 27, 2022 at 10:39 a.m. East

Wembley fills with Ukrainian flags

The kick off for the Carabao Cup final is given at 4:30 p.m.

You can follow this match live here.

(Photo: Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

February 27, 2022 at 9:46 a.m. East

ICYMI: Explaining Abramovich’s Statement

What happens if Abramovich is sanctioned?

There are some – whether or not they have just spoken to the club – who believe that if the unthinkable happens and Abramovich is sanctioned, Chelsea will be fine.

That’s because a) it’s a UK registered company that has nothing to do with Russia b) it’s a company that made over £400m last season , with money in the bank and more coming in every month from broadcasters, advertising partners and the turnstiles and c) they are now run by a charity. So what could go wrong?

But there are others – who may or may not have studied the UK’s sanctions laws – who wonder how a company wholly owned by a sanctioned person could work.

Full analysis below.

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

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February 27, 2022 at 9:07 a.m. East

West Ham captain Declan Rice shows his support

A message that the Ukrainian international is in his thoughts. West Ham have also warmed up with ‘Yarmolenko’ on their shirts.

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

February 27, 2022 at 9:03 a.m. East

A message from West Ham

Winger Andriy Yarmolenko has been granted compassionate leave.

Wolves also warmed up with “No To War” t-shirts.

(Photo: Nigel French/PA Images via Getty Images)

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

February 27, 2022 at 8:15 a.m. East

France demands the expulsion of Russia from the World Cup

Talk to The ParisianFFF president Noel Le Graët said: “The world of sport, and especially football, cannot remain neutral. I certainly would not oppose the expulsion of Russia.”

(Photo: Alex Livesey – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

February 27, 2022 at 7:09 a.m. East

Czech Republic refuses to face Russia in World Cup play-off

The Czech FA have said their national team will not face Russia if the two sides meet in the World Cup play-offs.

Russia are set to face Poland on March 24 in Moscow, and the winner is set to face the Czech Republic or Sweden on March 29 for the chance to reach the final in Qatar.

Poland and Sweden confirmed on Saturday that they would also refuse to play against Russia.

To read the full story, click here.

Holly Perceval

Holly Percival·

Junior Editor, News

February 27, 2022 at 04:44 East

Chelsea statement on the conflict in Ukraine

Following yesterday’s statement about Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich handing over ‘care’ of the club, Chelsea issued a statement this morning on the conflict in Ukraine.

The statement read: “The situation in Ukraine is horrific and devastating. Chelsea FC’s thoughts are with everyone in Ukraine. Everyone at the club is praying for peace.”

Holly Percival

Holly Percival·

Junior Editor, News

February 27, 2022 at 4:08 East

PSG and Saint-Etienne show solidarity in France

Paris Saint-Germain hosted Saint-Etienne last night. The two teams came together before kick-off to show their support for those in Ukraine.

Holly Perceval

Holly Percival·

Junior Editor, News

February 26, 2022 at 4:43 p.m. East

Shakhtar thanks Manchester City for their support

The Donetsk club have been unable to play at their stadium since 2014 due to the dispute, playing instead in Lviv, near the Polish border.

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

February 26, 2022 at 4:12 p.m. East

Toni Kroos on the conflict

His Real Madrid teammate Andriy Lunin is the only Ukrainian in La Liga.

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

February 26, 2022 at 3:49 p.m. East

Ligue 2 shows its support for Ukraine

From Athleticism Katie Whyatt, at Valley Parade today.

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Jacob Whitehead

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