The invasion of Ukraine by the Russian military has provoked hundreds of reactions around the world. Football was not far behind on this conflict and in hundreds of matches in Europe there have been different demonstrations against the war.
In the match between Olympiakos (Greece) and Atalanta (Italy) for the sixteenth final of the Europa League there was a particular situation. Ukrainian midfielder Ruslan Malinovskyi scored two goals in the Italians’ three-goal win on their visit to Greece’s Georgios Karaiskaki Stadium.
At the moment of making the first goal, the footballer lifted his shirt and showed before the cameras another shirt with the following legend: “No war in Ukraine” / “No to the war in Ukraine”, while putting his hands in a position of favor.
Ruslan Malinovskyi scored a brace for Atalanta and did not forget his country 🇺🇦 🙏🏼
“No to war in Ukraine” pic.twitter.com/rcPl1OMpDC
— Pablo Giralt (@giraltpablo) February 24, 2022
You may also be interested in:
In Barcelona’s win against Napoli on the visit at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium, for the sixteenth final of the Europa League. Both casts took to the court with a sign that read, “Stop War.”
The message from the Napoli and Barcelona players about the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. #UELxESPN | #ESPNenStarPlus pic.twitter.com/hOXJK310gU
— SportsCenter (@SC_ESPN) February 24, 2022
Also for the Europa League, fans of Manuel Pellegrini’s Real Betis demonstrated in the run-up to the match that pitted them against Zenit St. Petersburg.
Meanwhile, in the UEFA Conference League, fans of Norway’s F.K. Bodø/Glimt attended the match against Celtic of Scotland with Ukrainian flags in support of that country.
Bodo/Glimt fans hold Ukrainian 🇺🇦 flags during their Europa League match against Celtic. pic.twitter.com/AViGnIbKp4
— Fut Lovers (@Amantesdelfut_) February 24, 2022
This is in addition to the call from Brazilian footballers playing in Ukraine to help them leave the country.