The Premier League’s social networking sites quietly removed the image of the Ukrainian flag and restricted comments in the new avatar.
On March 2, the English Premier League’s social networking sites simultaneously changed avatars and covered contained the Ukrainian flag to show support for the Kyiv government, condemning “Russia’s invasion of Ukraine”.
This Ukrainian flag avatar changed received 353,000 likes and 4500 shares on Facebook.
On March 8, the social networking sites of the Premier League (such as Facebook and Twitter) changed back to the old Avatar and cover, which no longer contained the image of the Ukrainian flag. They also hide the avatar change post and limit the comment, ban FB accounts from Asia from commenting.
However, the new avatar still received 88000 likes on FB.
Many fans shared this with sarcastic comments about the action of the Premier League organizers.
Some netizens think that the Premier League organizers are afraid of losing the billion-people market in China.
Many Ukrainian fans and players were very disappointed, especially Zinchenko.