Turkish fans chant “Vladimir Putin” during duel with Dinamo Kiev, but Ukrainians knock them out of Champions League
28 de July, 2022
Fenerbahce fans overshadowed Dinamo Kiev’s victory over their club in the preliminary round of the Champions League with their behavior on Wednesday. Videos on social media show how some of the supporters of the home club chant the name of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The club and the European football association UEFA have yet to respond to the incident.
The Ukrainian record champion advanced to the third qualifying round after a 2-1 win in Istanbul, only achieved after extra time. Arbiter Massimiliano Irrati handed out no fewer than fourteen yellow cards, divided equally between both teams. One player from the home team, Ismail Yuksek, got two and had to leave in the 53rd minute. The ‘home game’, played in Lodz in Poland due to the war situation, had ended in 0-0. Dinamo Kiev, which has only played friendly matches since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, will meet Austria’s Sturm Graz in the next round.
Images of the ‘Vladimir Putin’ fans singing received a lot of reactions on social media. UEFA is expected to make a statement.
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Dinamo Kiev coach reacts disappointed
“Deplorable”, Dinamo Kiev coach Mircea Lucescu told the newspaper Fanatik afterwards. In protest, the now 76-year-old Romanian coach had not come to the press conference after the game. “Everything went as planned on the field, but we had not taken such statements from fans in the stands into account.” Fener coach Jorge Jesus declined to comment on the incident.