Blacking Out Yellow And Blue

OUR MAN AMONG the muddied oafs tells us that China continues strictly to enforce the non-politicisation of sport. Chinese broadcasters reportedly intend to take English Premier League football matches off the air this weekend because of the English clubs’ planned shows of support for Ukraine.

The BBC says that team captains will wear armbands in Ukraine’s colours of blue and yellow. Stadium screens will display ‘Football Stands Together’ in front of the country’s flag. Similar shows of opposition to the Russian invasion of Ukraine have been made at matches played over the past week. FIFA, the sport’s world governing body, has suspended the Russian national team and clubs from its competitions.

This follows the International Paralympic Committee’s banning of Russian and Belarusian athletes from the 2022 Beijing Winter Paralympics, which President Xi Jinping opened today in the Bird’s Nest stadium without mentioning absentees.

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