The Premier League have decided to end their Russian TV partnership with the country of Russia. This is due to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. The decision was made by the league’s board of directors, who voted unanimously for this decision on Tuesday.
This decision comes after a long-running dispute between Russia and Ukraine over Crimea and Eastern Ukraine. The dispute has been going on since 2014 when Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine and began supporting pro-Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine.
Premier league clubs continue to show support for Ukraine with Football stand with Ukraine movement.
However, games continued to be televised in Russia, despite calls for the league to end their TV deal in the country. A statement on Tuesday afternoon confirmed that was now the case.
“The Premier League and its clubs today unanimously agreed to suspend our agreement with Russian broadcast partner Rambler (Okko Sport) with immediate effect and to donate £1 million to support the people of Ukraine,” the statement read.
“The League strongly condemns Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. We call for peace and our thoughts are with all those impacted.
“The £1 million donation will be made to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) to deliver humanitarian aid directly to those in need.
The action by Premier League is part of the rest of the world to cup the Russia off by disassociating with the country.