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Greece Expresses Anger Over North Macedonia’s Jersey In Euro 2020

Greece Expresses Anger Over North Macedonia’s Jersey In Euro 2020

Greece has sent a letter of complaint to the President of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), Aleksander Ceferin, over the name being used by the North Macedonia team on their national soccer jersey during Euro 2020.

Greek Sports Minister, Lefteris Avgenakis, signed the letter of Greece’s objection after it became clear the team’s jersey had a badge which read ‘FFM’ for ‘Football Federation of Macedonia,’ excluding the word ‘North’ from the Balkan country’s name.

According to the Prespa Agreement signed between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) in 2018, the country’s name is now the Republic of North Macedonia.

In this way, based on the customary use of abbreviations for an internationally recognised name, the jersey badge should include an ‘N’ in the abbreviation.

Mr Avgenakis also asks UEFA to look into the name of the country’s soccer association, Football Federation of Macedonia, saying that it also contravenes the name deal.

This is the first time Greece’s neighbour is taking part in the final phase of the major event. North Macedonia is competing in the 3rd group of the UEFA Euro 2020 along with the Netherlands, Ukraine and Austria.

Greek Foreign Minister, Nikos Dendias, has also sent a similar letter to his counterpart in North Macedonia, Bujar Osmani.

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  • pompei 3 years ago

    Macedon, or Macedonia, the ancient Greek kingdom once ruled by a certain Alexander, has become what is today known as North Macedonia, to the north of modern day Greece.
    Is the Greek anger really because of the violation of the terms of the “name deal”, or is it bad belle because their less accomplished ( in football) northern neighbors qualified for the Euros? Perhaps this wounds Greek pride, especially as the Greeks themselves failed to qualify.
    Even if their complaint is considered valid, and Macedonia is ordered to change the name on their badges, that doesn’t change the fact that Macedonia is competing in the Euros, while the Greeks can only watch on TV.
    Enough of politics, let’s get on with the football, shall we?

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