Finland’s national hockey team does not want to be associated with anti-immigration protests. The team’s official Twitter account asked on Wednesday for people attending demonstrations to avoid wearing Finland hockey jerseys.
"Attention fans: Can we agree that hockey jerseys belong in the stands and not on demonstrations," read the tweet.
Former goaltender and current National Coalition MP Sinuhe Wallinheimo also tweeted his hope that the jersey would not become associated with anti-immigration sentiment.
"A reminder to Lion jersey-clad demonstrators. The Lions play fair and hard on the ice. Elsewhere they’re international and tolerant," tweeted Wallinheimo.
The Lions’ shirt has been visible at several demonstrations in the last week, including one in Tornio where several hundred people marched to the frontier with Sweden and demanded that the border be closed.
Tornio has been the entry point for hundreds of asylum seekers in recent weeks. The authorities have expanded capacity at reception centres to cope with the influx, and thousands of volunteers have also stepped forward to offer their assistance.