Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus, additionally likes to make use of sport as a political stage. Photo: Andrei Pokumeiko / POOL BelTa / AP / dpa. (Source: dpa)
Frankfurt / Main (dpa) – The Construction and Woodworkers International (BWI) has requested the European Football Union to distance themselves from the Belarusian head of state Alexander Lukashenko.
The UEFA Congress deliberate for subsequent March couldn’t presumably happen in Minsk so long as the state continues to arrest and kidnap opposition members, use violence towards its personal folks and refuse to just accept democracy and civil rights. This was defined by the BWI, to which IG Bauen-Agrar-Umwelt and IG Metall as particular person German commerce unions additionally belong, in a press launch.
BWI Vice President Dietmar Schäfers warns towards “providing the Belarusian rulers a world stage over soccer”. After 26 years in energy, Lukashenko had been declared the election winner for the sixth time in a row – with greater than 80 % of the vote. The 66-year-old sparked mass protests like by no means earlier than within the historical past of the nation.
UEFA should additionally fastidiously test different dates – together with soccer matches – in Belarus and be ready to cancel them. “There have to be no ‘Lukashenko video games’,” Schäfers wrote to the UEFA Executive Committee. He additionally turned to the German Football Association. Belarus will host the 2020/21 UEFA Futsal Champions League finals in April 2021.