Sport facing the war Ukraine – Russia live: cancellations, relocations, reactions

2:45 p.m. : Manchester United announced on Friday that they have « revoked« his sponsorship deal with Russian airline Aeroflot. »In light of events in Ukraine, we have withdrawn sponsorship rights from Aeroflot« United said in a statement. On Thursday, the British government imposed a set of sanctions on Moscow, including banning the airline from British airspace.

2:30 p.m.: Present at a press conference, Pep Guardiola spoke about the situation of his Ukrainian player Oleksandr Zinchenko. « The team and the club are close to him. He has our support, it’s normal, we are people who live together every day« said the Manchester City manager.

Aleksandr Zinchenko

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1:50 p.m. : After the Russian invasion in their country, Ukrainian biathletes decided not to participate in the stages of Kontiolahti (Finland), Otepää (Estonia) and Holmenkollen (Norway) in the World Cup.

1:06 p.m.: In an official statement, the FIA ​​announced the probable cancellation of the Russian F1 Grand Prix due to the attack in Ukraine. « We observe the situation and we are sad, shocked, and we hope that a solution of peace will be found“, reads the press release. “It is impossible to hold the race in these circumstances« , concludes the FIA. More info here

12:30 p.m.: AC Milan called for peace in a tweet posted on Friday.

12:15 p.m.: The FIGC (Italian Football Federation) decrees that all matches scheduled for this weekend in Italy will start 5 minutes late. « The universal values ​​of sport require reflection, sport does not engage in politics but calls for peace“, explains the instance.

11:53 a.m.: The International Ski Federation has canceled all competitions scheduled in Russia this season. The canceled competitions are the skicross stage in Sunny Valley (February 25-27), the freestyle stage in Yaroslavl (February 26-27), the women’s ski jumping rounds in Nizhny Tagil (March 18-20) and in Chaikovsky (25-27 March), as well as the finals of the cross-country skiing World Cup in Tyumen (18-20 March). More info here

11:45 a.m.: Danylo Ignatenko, Ukrainian midfielder from Bordeaux, could not hide his tears on Thursday in training. « Dany arrived at training crying« , confided David Guion, his trainer, « we spoke with him, he is very affected, he has his family there who was to join him (in Bordeaux) on March 1, unfortunately, they will not be able to come, you can imagine why« .

Danylo Ignatenko

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11:35 a.m.: The Kremlin judged « shame« on Friday the decision taken by UEFA to transfer the Champions League final from Saint Petersburg to the Stade de France. »It’s a pity that such a decision was taken.« said Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov. »St. Petersburg could have provided the ideal conditions for holding such a football festival« , he added.

The C1 final at the Stade de France

11:22 a.m.: UEFA has announced the organization on neutral ground of international home matches of Ukrainian and Russian clubs or selections, « until further notice« . This concerns in particular Spartak Moscow, competing in the Europa League, or the match of the French Espoirs in Ukraine on March 29, but not the play-off for the World Cup-2022 between Russia and Poland scheduled for March 24 in Moscow, which depends on FIFA.

11:19 a.m.: Alex Len and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, the only two Ukrainian NBA players, have « sentenced“Friday in a press release the Russian offensive launched the day before in their country.Ukraine is a peaceful sovereign state inhabited by people who want to decide their own destiny« said the two Sacramento and Toronto players.

10:45 a.m.: The ski-cross World Cup stage in Sunny Valley, Russia, has been canceled by the International Ski Federation. The first round had taken place with only Russian athletes participating.

10:32 a.m.: It’s official, the Champions League final, scheduled for Saint Petersburg this year, has been relocated to Paris and more precisely to the Stade de France. More info here.

10:22 a.m.: The information fell on Thursday evening. ASVEL will not play in Russia next week against Zénith Saint-Petersburg, March 1, and Unics Kazan, March 3, as part of the Euroleague.

10:04 a.m.: Meanwhile, the situation is tense in Ukraine. According to the Ukrainian military, « a lot of armor » Russians are approaching Kiev. Fighting and explosions are in progress.
10 a.m.: Between the risks of event cancellations, postponements and issues of sports commitments, this war will have multiple consequences on the sport planet. More info here.

9:47 a.m.: Sporting Gijon Ukrainian defender Vasyl Kravets told Marca ‘want to go to war and help his people’. « I can’t help because I don’t know how to shoot, move, reload a gun, but the truth is I want to help« , he added.

9:35 a.m. : According to information from La Stampaa banner « no to war« of the Napoli tifosi could not enter the Diego Armando Maradona stadium Thursday during Napoli-Barça, due »of its political content » and the nationality of the referee, who was Russian.

9:22 a.m.: « At this stage, we will understand that sometimes tennis is not so important (…) I woke up with a lot of emotions“, reacted Daniil Medvedev Thursday evening, on the sidelines of the Acapulco tournament.

Daniil Medvedev (Acapulco), new world number one

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9:03 : Incredible situation in Sunny Valley for the Skicross World Cup round in Russia. While all the athletes, except Russians, have decided to leave the country, the International Ski Federation has maintained the event and the qualifications. Only the Russians took part.

9:00 a.m. : Opposed Thursday evening in the Europa League play-offs, Naples and Barcelona have a thought for Ukraine by carrying a tarpaulin on which was inscribed « Stop War ». These images were not broadcast on television.

« Stop War »: Neapolitans and Barcelona have a thought for Ukraine

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