Vladimir Putin is getting more than he bargained for after his unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. The international community has reacted strongly with sanctions designed to crush Putin’s rule over Russia by destroying its already fragile economy. Several sports organizations have also banned the country from competing in the wake of Putin’s act of war.
FIFA announced yesterday that it was banning all Russian teams from competing. That includes the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Even if the Russians were eventually allowed to compete, they might have trouble finding something to wear.
TMZ Sports has reported that Adidas has suspended their uniform deal with the Russian National Football team. The move comes in direct response to Putin’s war of aggression in Ukraine. A company spokesperson issued a statement on the matter.
“Adidas is suspending its partnership with the Russian Football Federation (RFS) with immediate effect.”
Adidas has sponsored Russia’s soccer team with uniforms since 2008. That relationship is now in limbo as the sportswear maker has decided to distance themselves during the war. Russia has seen other immediate effects from the sporting world’s boycott of the nation.
The UEFA Champions League final was scheduled to be held in Saint Petersburg. That game has now been moved to France. As long as Putin continues to aggressively slaughter Ukrainian people, moves like this should be expected.
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