A Ukrainian soccer player has revealed a shirt that reads ‘No war in Ukraine’ after scoring in a Europa League game

  • Atalanta midfielder Ruslan Malinovskyi has revealed a shirt that reads ‘No war in Ukraine’ after scoring a Europa League goal.
  • Malinovskyi, who is Ukrainian, followed up his first goal with a stunning second.

Atalanta midfielder Ruslan Malinovskyi had a simple message to share after scoring in his side’s Europa League game against Olympiakos on Thursday.

In the 66th minute, Malinovskyi put the ball in the box with space and sent a powerful shot into the back of the net. As he celebrated the goal, he lifted his jersey to reveal an undershirt with the message ‘No War in Ukraine’ written on it.

Malinovskyi, who is Ukrainian, followed up his first goal with an even more stunning second just three minutes later.

Malinovskyi’s message resonated across the footballing world and he was far from alone in calling for action amid the Russian invasion.

The Barcelona and Napoli players stood together ahead of their Europa League game, holding a banner that read ‘Stop War’.

Ahead of another Europa League game, fans of Croatian club Dinamo Zagreb posted their own message of solidarity with Ukraine.

World football governing bodies could also take action against Russia amid its aggression in Ukraine. According to the Associated Press, Russia will no longer host the 2022 Champions League final, the biggest annual game in club football.

The match was scheduled to take place at the Gazprom Arena in St. Petersburg on May 28.

“Following developments in the situation between Russia and Ukraine over the past 24 hours, the UEFA President has decided to convene an extraordinary meeting of the Executive Committee on Friday 25 February at 10:00 CET in order to assess the situation and to take all necessary decisions,” UEFA said in a statement.

Insider’s live blog on the Russian invasion of Ukraine covers developments as they occur.