.@sportexpress, Russia's major sports paper currently owned by Putin's mistress, has 7 articles today about Ukraine's soccer jerseys. UEFA has partially capitulated to Russian demands ("Glory to the heroes" will be removed, "Glory to Ukraine" and the map with Crimea will stay)
The articles run a tremendously pluralistic gamut of opinion between gloating ("Take that, our stupid neighbors: no glory, no heroes!"), official support of UEFA's decision and continued indignation ("This is a weak compromise! Crimea should be removed now!")
Russia has lost its collective shit over Ukraine's shirts, which include internationally recognized borders of the nation. Russia, which is incredibly, comically bad at soccer, considers it its national sport. For most of the population, it is the only sport worth following.
Ukraine, which has actually produced a soccer super star in Andriy Shevchenko and has dominated the USSR game between the 1960s and 1990s, appears to have chosen its trolling instrument rather well.
Seven articles in Alina Kabayeva's paper! Seven. Today only. Assholes are on fire

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