05 Mar 2022 | 13:55 | Football
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Premier League matches will not be shown in China this weekend after England in general and the league in particular publicly showed solidarity with Ukraine.
Premier League teams projected Ukraine’s national flag on a big screen before the match, with captains wearing special blue and yellow armbands, the colors of the Ukrainian flag. Billboards and screens also carry messages protesting against Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.
In response, China – a political ally of Russia – has told Premier League leaders it will not be broadcasting matches this weekend, including the much-anticipated Manchester derby.
The world’s most populous country has also denounced economic sanctions imposed by the United Kingdom and the European Union against Russia, blaming the United States for provoking Putin.
This is not the first time China has blocked the broadcasting of sports abroad, China Central Television has stopped broadcasting the NBA after the executive director of the Houston Rockets club tweeted in support of the protesters. Love in Hong Kong in October 2019.
It remains to be seen whether the Premier League will hold its current stance or not in the face of massive financial losses.