- Russia started an unprovoked invasion of Ukraine last week, opening war in eastern Europe.
- Sports figures, leagues, and now video game companies, are beginning to remove their affiliations with the country.
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News surrounding the Russian invasion of Ukraine has taken the world by storm over the last week, with the country opening up full-fledged war in eastern Europe. The unprovoked move has led leaders and national figures in the US to move away from any and all affiliations with the Putin-led nation.
As the attack continues, we’ve seen athletes from around the globe stand up in support of Ukraine.
These include Russian-born hockey players speaking out against their home country, including stars like Alex Ovechkin. Tennis players Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev have also made it clear they want no part in war.
The support of peace in Ukraine is not only hitting Russia on the media front, but it’s been hitting their wallets, too.
Last week, the UEFA had an emergency meeting which resulted in the Champions’ League Final being pulled out of St. Petersburg. The economic impact of the move could see a loss of around $55 million for the city.
Now, another big name in soccer has made its stance on Russia known.
FIFA Video Game Franchise Is Removing All Russian Clubs From Its 2022 Edition
EA Sports announced on Wednesday that it’s uber-popular FIFA franchise would be removing all Russian clubs and the National Team from its newest edition.
EA Sports announces it will remove all Russian clubs and the national team from FIFA 22. pic.twitter.com/rvQHZm5p7R
— B/R Football (@brfootball) March 2, 2022
Social Media Reacts To The News, But It Seems To Be Divided On Its Commentary
It seems that half of the world is in support of this move, as it further hits Russia’s wallets and decreases the visibility of the country during this time of war.
The other half, though, sees this as a way of wrongly punishing the players for being born in a country where their leader makes these unjust decisions.
I feel like most people aren't understanding the rationale behind this. It's about doing everything we can to put pressure on the Russian people and government so that they stop the invasion. The alternative is attacking the people of Russia militarily and no one wants that.
— Carlos RQ (@vengaytecuento) March 2, 2022
Woah EA is taking a rare W here
— 🎖🌋 André (@VeryFalseNeto) March 2, 2022
They are alienating Russia from the every thing that makes the world tick, this is what it does, economy will go down, take away what the people enjoy and access everyday, pressure on the citizens, pressure on government, it's that simple
— Bernardomayne 💯☝🏾 (@bernardomayne) March 2, 2022
The world is running Russia's economy to the ground😂😂
I love it.
— Br7 (@Bryce_Huddini) March 2, 2022
This is getting out of hand. What did the players do to deserve this. FAKE WOKE SHIT!!!! https://t.co/NoJodRgg6m
— Cameron Barr (@Ilbuco41) March 2, 2022
Virtue signalling masterclass on display. https://t.co/Rn6wDQvI4z
— O.J. Simpin’ (@certifiedthato) March 2, 2022
That’ll show them https://t.co/oxmGcf6Pm5
— dinzy (@dinzy__) March 2, 2022
Oh no don’t pull a country from a game🤣 https://t.co/Xz6Nes53YX
— 💧 (@0L_D5) March 2, 2022
The war has stopped since EA sports did this 🙌🏻🙏🏻 https://t.co/WR0mcmjJj3
— Dewey (@TuErasElElegido) March 2, 2022
I feel like that’s a little too much , the players didn’t do anything
— 𝕵𝖆𝖗𝖎💕🥷🏽 (@Jari2Fly) March 2, 2022
This makes absolute no sense. https://t.co/tWGc3zexFN
— AIRmeka🔰 (@Shukuemekah) March 2, 2022