Premier League

The Premier League’s Chinese rights holders have informed the BBC that they would not broadcast matches this weekend due to planned displays of solidarity for Ukraine.

A demonstration of solidarity is being planned for Ukraine, which has been invaded by Russia, China’s close political ally.

The league has said it “wholeheartedly rejects Russia’s actions”.

“We call for peace and our thoughts are with all those who have been impacted,” it added, when announcing the show of solidarity earlier this week.

This will feature captains donning special Ukrainian-themed armbands, while stadium screens will show the phrase ‘Football Stands Together’ beside the country’s blue and yellow flag.

Additionally, fans have been asked to participate in “a moment of introspection and unity prior to each game’s kickoff.”

The Premier League has declined to comment on China’s reluctance to air matches.

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