Ukraine Athlete Bursts Into Tears As Crowd Sings National Anthem

( Over the weekend, a crowd broke into boisterous cheers when Ukrainian soccer player Roman Yaremchuk was introduced during a soccer match.

Yaremchuk, who plays for Primeira Liga club S.L. Benfica, was called to the field to replace teammate David Nunez. And as Yaremchuk checked in, the crowd gave him a standing ovation.

A visibly emotional Yaremchuk applauded the crowd and thanked them for their support.

Meanwhile, Russian soccer players have found themselves on the receiving end of a far less favorable reception.

In response to Putin’s war, on Monday, FIFA and UEFA announced that they were suspending Russian national teams and clubs from all international soccer competitions “until further notice.”

Because it’s the soccer players’ fault that Putin invaded Ukraine.

FIFA oversees worldwide soccer while UEFA controls the sport in Europe.

UEFA also announced that it had ended its partnership with the Russian state-owned energy company Gazprom which had been one of UEFA’s largest sponsors.

On Monday, the Glasgow Film Festival announced that it had decided to withdraw two Russian films from its 2022 program, arguing that it would be “inappropriate” in the current climate to feature screenings of Russian films.

According to the Associated Press, Russian-born conductor Valery Gergiev of the Munich Philarmonic was fired on Tuesday because he refused to reject Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The Rotterdam Philharmonic in the Netherland also cut ties with Gergiev.

A university in Milan, Italy this week decided to postpone a course on Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky. However, after blowback, the university backtracked on its decision.