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    How Athletes And The Sports World Has Shown Support For Ukraine

    Plenty of Ukrainian flags in soccer crowds this weekend.

    This is S.L. Benfica striker Roman Yaremchuk, who plays in the Portuguese soccer league Primeira Liga. He is also from Lviv, Ukraine.

    Roman Yaremchuk celebrates after scoring a goal

    When he checked into the game this past weekend, in the first game since Russians invaded Ukraine, the reaction from fans and players was very moving:

    πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¦ This moment... Speachless! πŸ™Œ

    @slbenfica_en / Twitter / Via Twitter: @slbenfica_en

    A week earlier, Yaremchuk scored a goal and flashed his shirt underneath his jersey, which was the Ukrainian National Trident symbol.

    Roman Yaremchuk shows off Ukrainian trident shirt after goal

    Moments like this have spilled across the sports world. Supportive messages like Russian tennis player Andrey Rublev signing a camera lens on court with the message, "No war please."

    Russian tennis player Andrey Rublev writes "No war please" on the camera following his advancement to the final in Dubai.

    @TSN_Sports / Twitter / Via Twitter: @TSN_Sports

    Here's what that looked like in action:

    Even the No. 1 tennis player in the world, Russia's Daniil Medvedev, spoke out and said, "In this moment, you understand that tennis sometimes is not that being a tennis player, I want to promote peace all over the world."

    Daniil Medvedev holds a hand over his heart, appreciative of the crowd

    The Manchester City and Everton match had a united moment at Goodison Park, each player showcasing the Ukraine flag.

    The Club, players and fans are together in standing with Ukraine. πŸ’™πŸ’›

    Emma Simpson - Everton FC/Everton FC via Getty Images , @Everton / Twitter / Via Twitter: @Everton

    Both teams have Ukrainian players on their squads. Oleksandr Zinchenko (Man City) and Vitaliy Mykolenko (Everton), who both seemed moved by the solidarity from everyone in the stadium.

    Everton and Man City's players have both taken on their own tribute to Ukraine as they take to the field at Goodison Park, with the famous Toffees siren also silenced this afternoon.

    @SkySportsNews / Twitter / Via Twitter: @SkySportsNews

    In other soccer news, FIFA and UEFA both suspended all Russia clubs and their National squad.

    FIFA and UEFA have suspended Russia's national teams and clubs from international football until further notice due to the country's invasion of Ukraine.

    Thanassis Stavrakis / AP , @CBCNews / Twitter / Via Twitter: @CBCNews

    Plenty of other supportive words and gestures denouncing war were heard this past week, like Polish tennis star Iga Swiatek...

    β€œIf sport can connect us even if a bit today and give us a tiny bit of joy in these tough moments, I’m grateful for that.” - πŸ‡΅πŸ‡±@iga_swiatek sharing her support for the people of Ukraine πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¦

    @WTA / Twitter / Via Twitter: @WTA

    ...the NBA rallied around Ukrainian teammate Alex Len...

    Before tonight's game tipped-off with the Kings and Nuggets in Sacramento, both teams joined arm-in-arm in support of Kings C Alex Len, whose home country of Ukraine has been invaded by Russia. Their message: "NO WAR."

    @SeanCunningham / Twitter / Via Twitter: @SeanCunningham

    ...and retired boxer and Kyiv mayor Vitali Klitschko's words might have meant the most:

    Former heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko, the mayor of Ukraine's capital of Kyiv, plans to take up arms to defend against Russia's invasion along with his brother, Wladimir. More:

    Photo by GENYA SAVILOV/AFP via Getty Images , @ESPN / Twitter / Via Twitter: @espn

    Yes, Vitali Klitschko, 4,382 days as world heavyweight champion in boxing...that's a good fighter to have in your corner.

    Vitali Klitschko in boxing ring with a Ukraine flag draped over his shoulders

    What are your thoughts on suspending Russian soccer clubs from competition? Do you think it will it contribute to the pressure of the ever-growing pile of sanctions? Comment below.