Russian Users Removed From Fantasy Premier League After Invasion Of Ukraine
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Russian users have been removed from the Fantasy Premier League game in response to the invasion of Ukraine.
It is no longer possible to select 'Russia' as a nationality when attempting to sign up to the game.
Russian users took to social media on Friday to report that their teams had been removed from the online competition.
Banners have also appeared in the game which read 'Football Stands Together' in the colours of the Ukrainian flag.
According to The Mirror, the Premier League have confirmed that a decision was made to void all Russian teams, including removing the league which includes all players based in Russia.
The move is said to have affected around 12,000 accounts.
Fantasy Premier League is currently played by more than eight million people across the world.
All 11,870 teams registered to the country of Russia in Fantasy Premier League 2021/22 have been deleted.— FPL Statistics (@FPLStatistics) March 11, 2022
22 of these teams were ranked in the top 10k. #FPL
The decision to remove Russian users from the game is the Premier League’s latest move to show its solidarity with Ukraine.
Earlier this week, the League suspended a major broadcast deal with Okko Sport, worth £6m per year, due to the invasion.
All 20 member clubs unanimously agreed to suspend the deal with the streaming service, which had exclusive coverage of the competition in Russia.
A statement read: "The league strongly condemns Russia's invasion of Ukraine. We call for peace and our thoughts are with all those impacted."
Russian national teams and clubs have also been removed from popular football game, FIFA 22, by developer EA Sports.
Meanwhile, FIFA and UEFA have suspended Russian teams from international competition until further notice, preventing Russia from qualifying for the upcoming World Cup in Qatar.