Uefa fined Fenerbahce for fans singing for Putin

FILE IMAGE. A UEFA logo is seen at the facility’s headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, February 28, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

UEFA this Friday fined Turkish club Fenerbahçe 50,000 euros ($50,900) for their fans’ chants in favor of Vladimir Putin during the match they measured in Istanbul on July 27 against Ukraine’s Dynamo Kyiv.

In addition, Fenerbahçe were fined with a partial closure of their stadium (which seats 5,000) at their next home European game for “throwing objects, sending a provocative message of an offensive nature and illicit chanting”.

The match in which the incidents occurred took place in the second round of Champions League qualification and Dynamo Kyiv won 2-1.

After Ukraine’s Vitaliy Buyalski (57th) scored, several hundred Fenerbahçe fans chanted the name of the Russian head of state, as videos on social networks show.

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Ambassador of Ukraine to Turkey Vasyl Bodnar condemned the chant and Fenerbahçe apologized.

Russia has been conducting a military offensive against Ukraine since February. /AFP