London on Saturday revoked the visas of the Belarusian men’s basketball team, which was set to play in Britain on Monday, as the country was “connected” to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
“The UK will not welcome the national sports teams of countries that are involved in (Russian President) Putin’s unprovoked and illegal invasion of Ukraine,” Interior Minister Priti Patel tweeted.
I have revoked the visa of the Belarusian men’s basketball team that was to play in Newcastle tomorrow night. The UK will not welcome national sports teams from countries that have been involved in illegal attacks without Putin’s provocation. # Ukraine.
– Preeti Patel (ritpritipatel) February 26, 2022
The two nations were set to play a World Cup qualifier in Newcastle, northeast England, on Monday.
Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko has condemned Russia’s decision to allow its troops to use its territory to invade Ukraine.