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Premier League captains to wear Ukraine armbands to show solidarity

All 20 skippers in the English top flight will don the yellow and blue armbands for this round of fixtures.

Fans will be encouraged to join in a moment of reflection and solidarity before kick-off.
Fans will be encouraged to join in a moment of reflection and solidarity before kick-off.
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PREMIER LEAGUE CAPTAINS will wear armbands in Ukraine’s national colours this weekend to show support for the war-torn country after Russia’s invasion.

All 20 skippers in the English top flight will don the yellow and blue armbands for this round of fixtures.

Fans will be encouraged to join players, managers, match officials and club staff in a moment of reflection and solidarity before kick-off.

The large screens at grounds will display “Football Stands Together” against a yellow and blue backdrop.

The words will also be shown on LED perimeter boards during games, which start with Leicester against Leeds at 1230 GMT on Saturday through to Monday’s fixture between Tottenham and Everton.

At Sunday’s League Cup final, Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta and Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson carried yellow flowers onto the pitch before kick-off, while there was a minute’s applause for Ukraine ahead of the match at Wembley.

Manchester City’s Ukraine defender Oleksandr Zinchenko was given the captaincy for his team’s FA Cup fifth-round win at Peterborough on Tuesday.

“The Premier League and our clubs wholeheartedly reject Russia’s actions and will be showing support for the people of Ukraine at all matches this weekend,” a Premier League statement said on Wednesday.

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