Ukrainian Premier League match halted 4 instances by air raid sirens and takes over 4 hours to finish

Air raid sirens are one of many many security measures carried out by the league in an effort to maintain gamers and employees secure in opposition to Russia’s ongoing invasion of the nation.

Soccer returned to Ukraine on Tuesday for the primary time since Russia’s invasion in February.

Wednesday’s match, between Rukh Lviv and Metalist Kharkiv which Metalist ultimately gained 2-1, was the one league fixture impacted by the sirens on the day.

In an electronic mail to CNN, the UPL mentioned: “Safe and security measures is the main priority for us, so both teams had to go to the shelter every time, according to the available safety protocols. The overall time of the match was indeed 4 and half hour(s).”

Social media accounts posted movies exhibiting the occasions on the stadium, together with what reportedly occurred when the primary siren went off, and of the gamers returning to the pitch after one of many stoppages.

Shakhtar Donetsk and Metalist 1925 Kharkiv’s goalless attract Kyiv on Tuesday marked the restart of the UPL, though soccer in Ukraine for the time being seems to be lots completely different than earlier than.

The league has carried out a number of security measures to aim to guarantee the protection of the gamers and the employees as they play in the midst of Russia’s continued assault.

In addition to air raid sirens, bomb shelters have been erected close to stadiums and no followers are permitted to enter.

In line with Andriy Pavelko, head of the Ukrainian Affiliation of Soccer, video games shall be performed in Kyiv and the encircling areas for security causes.

“We heard one siren yesterday morning before the game,” Darijo Srna, FC Shakhtar Donetsk’s director of soccer, informed CNN Sport’s Amanda Davies on Wednesday after the 0-0 draw in opposition to Metalist 1925 Kharkiv.

“We were in the hotel, we were just starting to drive to the stadium. When we were there, we were just praying that we wouldn’t hear a siren for 90 minutes, otherwise we must go underground waiting for the siren to go off.

“It wasn’t an excellent consequence, however our followers are so glad and Ukrainian individuals are so glad as a result of we’re beginning to do one thing we love and that’s enjoying soccer.”

Ukrainian soccer icon Andriy Shevchenko says sport has a major role to play in uniting people behind his country.

“It is essential for the individuals, for the remainder of the world — we are able to ship the message that Ukraine is there,” Shevchenko told CNN Sport about the prospect of domestic football returning.

“Even when we’re at battle contained in the nation, we’re going to struggle as a result of we need to additionally reside like regular international locations, regular lives.”