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Adidas reveal the Champions League final ball with ‘peace’ slogan in reference to the war in Ukraine

Daily Mail Online

Adidas has revealed the official match ball for the Champions League final, inscribed with a message of ‘peace’ in a clear reference to the war in Ukraine

Liverpool and Real Madrid face off in the European showpiece at the Stade de France, Paris on Saturday night. 

And on Tuesday, the German sportswear company unveiled the ball, which is not available to buy but will be auctioned off, with proceeds from the sale going to UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.

Adidas have unveiled the official match ball (pictured) for the Champions League final in Paris

The ball is inscribed with a message of peace in a clear reference to the ongoing war in Ukraine The ball is inscribed with a message of peace in a clear reference to the ongoing war in Ukraine

The ball is inscribed with a message of peace in a clear reference to the ongoing war in Ukraine

The agency has the aim of helping people ‘forced to flee their homes because of conflict and persecution’.

In another reference to the ongoing war in Ukraine after Russia’s invasion of the country, the ball is inscribed with the word ‘peace’ in both English and using the letters of the Cyrillic alphabet, used for the Ukrainian language.

The panels of the ball are also deliberately white rather than coloured, synonymous with peace, ‘unity’ and neutrality.

Liverpool (pictured) and Real Madrid will face off in the European showpiece on Saturday night Liverpool (pictured) and Real Madrid will face off in the European showpiece on Saturday night

Liverpool (pictured) and Real Madrid will face off in the European showpiece on Saturday night

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