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Norwich owner Delia Smith admits booing Chelsea fans and praises anti-Abramovich chant
Norwich City owner Delia Smith has revealed she booed Chelsea fans after they chanted Roman Abramovich’s name at Carrow Road.Chelsea defeated Norwich 3-1 on Thursday night hours after the west London club’s owner Abramovich had his assets frozen by the UK government for his alleged relationship with Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin.Blues fans controversially interrupted the minute’s applause in solidarity with Ukraine last Saturday against Burnley by singing Abramovich’s name, before doing the same during their visit to Norfolk on Thursday.And TV chef-turned-football club owner Smith made sure to join her fellow Norwich fans in booing the travelling support and enjoying anti-Abramovich chants.Smith told BBC Radio Four: “I was with our crowd and we were all booing at the top of our heads, including me.“They had a lovely little song the Norwich supporters called: ‘Where’s your dirty money gone?’“But it is interesting. It has been going for nearly 20 years and it has taken a war for it to really come up to the surface.”Smith and her husband Michael Wynne-Jones have been Norwich’s majority shareholders since 1996.Do you think Abramovich's money changed football for the worse? Let us know in the comments section.Want to be on the ball with all of the latest football news?Well then sign up for the brilliant Daily Star football email newsletter!From the latest transfer news to the agenda-setting stories, get it all in your email inbox - don't miss a thing.It only takes a matter of seconds.Simply type your email address into the box at the top of this article and hit 'subscribe'.And that's it, job done.
European Festivals Respond to Russian Invasion by Promoting Ukrainian Films
Nick Vivarelli International CorrespondentAlmost two weeks into Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Europe’s film industry continues to parse the complexities of a boycott on Russian cinema in order to express solidarity with the Ukrainian film community.While some film festivals, such as Stockholm and Glasgow, haven’t hesitated in boycotting Russian state-funded films outright, others like Cannes and Venice are taking a more nuanced approach, banning official delegations, but not necessarily Russian films and directors.The war’s more immediate effect, however, is that Ukrainian cinema is set to gain an increased visibility in the festival arena and beyond.On Monday evening, Rome’s Cinema Troisi hosted a free screening in collaboration with the Venice Film Festival of Ukrainian director Valentyn Vasynovych’s “Reflection” (pictured), set during the war in Donbass, in eastern Ukraine, in 2014. The film, which premiered in competition on the Lido last September, “asks, with brutal austerity, what happens to the soul of a man — and a nation — at war,” as critic Jessica Kiang put it in her Variety review.The Rome event, introduced by Venice Biennale president Roberto Cicutto, is being followed by other screenings of “Reflection,” organized by the fest in Italy.