Sports | Italy: football matches postponed by 5 minutes in the name of « peace »

By La Provence (with AFP)

The kick-offs of all the football matches played this weekend in Italy, professional and amateur, will be postponed by five minutes in the name of the « peace“after the invasion of Ukraine, the Federation announced on Friday.

« Without distinction, professionals and amateurs will unite in a unique testimony of peace to raise awareness among enthusiasts and supporters about respect for human life and the need to find a diplomatic solution to the crisis in Ukraine.“, explained the Italian Federation (FIGC) in a press release.

« Sport does not play politics but calls for peace with a loud voice« said President Gabriele Gravina.

The world of sport has adopted sanctions against Russia, after the military intervention in Ukraine, notably by withdrawing Friday in Saint Petersburg the organization of the prestigious final of the Champions League football, relocated to the Stade de France.

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