Ukrainian "1st national" TV channel refused to broadcast the games of the national team of Ukraine at the world championship among players under 20 years due to the fact that the General sponsor of the tournament is the Russian Gazprom.
"As General Director of NTU, I have the right of final decision on procurement broadcasts. And this decision reads: "UA: First" will not broadcast the event, General sponsored by Gazprom. As a citizen of Ukraine will add that the national team of Ukraine, I think, would have to refuse to participate in this event since world sports organizations lack the tact And consideration not to accept Such " sponsorship ". Yeah, I know: "science, culture And sport are outside politics." However, there are times when the policy comes to science, culture And sport, without asking, whether they want it or not. This is the time ", - quotes Football24 words of the General Director of TV company Zurab Alasania. We emphasize that Gazprom is actively sponsoring sporting events And individual teams. So, your organization owns a controlling stake in the football club "Zenit" (St. Petersburg), in addition, the Firm acts as the title sponsor of German club Schalke 04. In July 2012, "Gazprom" has concluded the contract with UEFA And became a partner of the UEFA Champions League for the period 2012-2015. Despite the advertising of the Russian gas holding, the Champions League in Ukraine show.