UEFA punish Turkish team after Putin fan chants — RT Sport News
Fenerbahce fans chanted the name of the Russian president during their match against Dynamo Kyiv
Turkish football club Fenerbahce have been fined by UEFA after fans chanted Russian President Vladimir Putin’s name during their Champions League qualifier against Dynamo Kyiv.
UEFA announced the sanctions on Friday, which cover the match which took place in Istanbul on July 27.
UEFA said it had fined the Turkish team €50,000 ($50,900) and ordered the partial closure of Fenerbahçe’s Ulker Stadium, which will feature at least 5,000 seats in a match that the club hosts in UEFA competition.
The stadium sanction is subject to a two-year probationary period, UEFA said.
UEFA explained that the sanctions respond to « the throwing of objects and the transmission of a provocative message of an offensive nature, i.e. illicit chants. »
He also said he had « warned » Fenerbahce about « improper » leadership of his team.
Fenerbahce fans were heard chanting Russian leader Putin’s name after Dynamo Kyiv player Vitaly Buyalsky scored the opening goal of their game in Istanbul.
Buyalsky has been described as making a « provocative gesture » to the local crowd, many of whom responded by singing their Putin chant.
The visitors Dynamo won the match 2-1 after extra time to book their place in the next qualifying round for the Champions League.
Fenerbahce fell in the lower-tier UEFA Europa League qualifying stages.
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