UEFA, the European soccer’s governing body, has turned down Greece’s request to change the jerseys of the team from North Macedonia at Euro 2020.
Last week, the Greece government issued a letter to UEFA requesting that the Macedonia shirt be modified as the shirt’s initials violated a historic treaty between the Balkan neighbors.
Greece said the initials FFM (Football Federation of Macedonia) refer to the Balkan country’s name before the treaty in 2018 resolved a long-standing diplomatic row.
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But European football’s governing body said it had rejected the request because “UEFA uses the name Football Federation of North Macedonia in all its official communication and has adapted the relevant terminology accordingly, including in the UEFA statutes and with regard to UEFA Euro 2020”.
Greece’s objection to the initials on the jersey comes after UEFA ordered Ukraine to remove a slogan from its shirt after it angered Russia.
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