Bond: UEFA must distance themselves from Lukashenko

Alexander Lukashenko, president of Belarus, also likes to use sports as a political stage. Photo: Andrei Pokumeiko / POOL BelTa / AP / dpa. (Source: dpa)

Frankfurt / Main (dpa) – The Construction and Woodworkers International (BWI) has asked the European Football Association to distance itself from Belarusian head of state Alexander Lukashenko.

The UEFA Congress scheduled for March could not possibly take place in Minsk as long as the state continues to arrest and kidnap opposition members, use violence against its own people and refuse to accept democracy and civil rights. The BWI, to which IG Bauen-Agrar-Umwelt and IG Metall as individual German trade unions also belong, stated in a press release.

BWI Vice-President Dietmar Schäfers warns against “providing Belarusian rulers with an international stage over football”. After 26 years in power, Lukashenko had been declared the election winner for the sixth consecutive time – with over 80 percent of the vote. The 66-year-old sparked massive protests like never before in the country’s history.

UEFA must also carefully monitor other dates – including football matches – in Belarus and be ready to cancel them. “There should be no ‘Lukashenko games’,” Schäfers wrote to the UEFA executive committee. He also turned to the German Football Association. Belarus will host the 2020/21 UEFA Futsal Champions League Final in April 2021.

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