Rangers in rare moment of SPFL unity as Ibrox club release defiant statement
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Rangers in rare moment of SPFL unity amid Russia Ukraine move

Rangers have enjoyed a rare moment of unity with the SPFL as the Ibrox side suspend RangersTV broadcasts in Russia.

The move comes amid the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine as the Vladimir Putin-led nation continues to feel the effect of further sanctions from across football and beyond.

It might not appear much on the surface but it’s both a gesture and statement that continues to show support for Ukraine and sanction Russia for their ongoing military aggression.

There is also hope that in doing this it puts pressure on larger, more influential leagues and clubs to do the same and effectively freeze out the country from enjoying the beautiful game across Europe.

The move will begin from the broadcast of the Scottish Cup clash with Dundee over the weekend and continue indefinitely.

It will also include all existing content available via RangersTV.

“Rangers can confirm that we have suspended coverage of RangersTV in Russia,” reads a club statement.

“This will include coverage of tomorrow’s Scottish Cup Quarter Final v Dundee FC, future match broadcasts and all RangersTV video content.”

Rangers TV Russia move follows similar SFA/SPFL decision

The move follows a similar announcement from the SFA and SPFL, who confirmed that they would no longer allow Scottish matches to be broadcast in Russia.

Earlier in the week, Scottish authorities instructed broadcast partners to immediately put a stop to any coverage in Russia amid the ongoing Ukraine conflict.

Rangers don’t exactly see eye-to-eye with the SPFL in particular amid a range of ongoing disputes but it’s telling the Ibrox said have put up a united front on this issue.

Appearing to put aside issues such as the ongoing cinch sponsorship dispute, both parties appear united here.

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“The Scottish FA and Scottish Professional Football League can confirm they have instructed their respective broadcast partners to suspend feeds of all domestic league and cup competitions in Russia for the foreseeable future, in light of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine,” reads a statement.

“As a result, there will be a blackout of Scottish Cup fixtures from this weekend’s quarter- finals and from all SPFL competitions including cinch Premiership, cinch Championship, Premier Sports Cup and SPFL Trust Trophy.”

The situation between Russia and Ukraine has had sizeable knock-on effects already for Rangers that stretch into European competition and the Champions League.

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