Premier League matches will be blocked for viewing by Chinese broadcasters in support of Russia. This policy was done by the Chinese government in an act of defiance to the planned efforts of solidarity with Ukraine by Premier League clubs in their stance against the war in Ukraine.
EPL clubs have all planned to hoist a banner that reads “Football Stands Together”, while club captains will wear armbands in the colours of Ukrainian flags all in an effort of a “moment of reflection and solidarity” which will take place before the kick-off of games.
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The gestures of solidarity are to feature in international broadcast feeds of all Premier League fixtures, and the lower league, however Chinese broadcast partner, IQIYI Sports, has informed the Premier League that all EPL matches will not be broadcasted in China in its own solidarity with Russia.
This is not the first time that Chinese broadcasters have blocked the EPL. In 2019 a match involving Arsenal was pulled from the schedules after the club’s then captain, Mesut Ozil, criticised the Chinese treatment of Uyghur Muslims.
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