The Premier League rights group in China will not broadcast any matches this weekend following the league’s decision to show support for Ukraine ahead of the games.
The English league has issued a statement expressing its solidarity with Ukraine following Russia’s decision to invade their neighboring country last week.
According to Athletic report, Chinese broadcaster iQIYI will not air any Premier League matches between March 5 and 7.
“The Premier League and our clubs wholeheartedly reject Russia’s actions and will be showing support for the Ukrainian people in every game this weekend,” the Premier League statement read.
“The show of solidarity in Ukraine will be evident in all Premier League matches from Saturday 5 to Monday 7 March. This follows the many ways in which clubs have shown support.
“The captains of 20 clubs will wear special belts in Ukrainian colors and fans are encouraged to join the players, managers, match officials and team staff during meditation and reunion before the start of each match.
“The big screens on the stadiums will display ‘Football Stands Together’ behind the blue and yellow colors of the Ukrainian flag. These names will also be displayed on the LED signs during the game.
“This message of solidarity will once again be seen by fans around the world on the Premier League’s digital channels. The logos and profiles of those stadiums will change to represent the colors of the Ukrainian flag, which will be reflected throughout the UK and UK broadcasts overseas.”
While several European countries and the US have decided to impose sanctions on Russia, China has announced it is unwilling to suspend its cooperation with Russia.
“China and Russia will continue to enjoy normal trade cooperation in a spirit of mutual respect, equality, and mutual benefit,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin.