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UEFA Launches Investigation Over Turkish Fans Chanting ‘Putin’ | News from Germany about Europe | DW

Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) announced the launch of a disciplinary investigation against Turkish fans after a video from the Champions League second qualifying round match between Fenerbahce Istanbul and Dynamo Kyiv, held on Wednesday, July 27 in Istanbul, appeared on the Internet. In a video filmed from the fan section of the stands, Fenerbahce fans can be heard chanting the name and surname of Vladimir Putin several times.

A card appeared on the UEFA website, which informs about opening a “disciplinary investigation” alleged inappropriate behavior of Fenerbahce fans, which will be carried out by an “ethics and discipline inspector”.

Turkish fans started shouting Putin’s name after the Ukrainian team opened the scoring in the match. At the same time, the meeting of the teams ended with the victory of Dynamo with a score of 2: 1, the Ukrainians scored the second goal in extra time. Despite the Kiev team’s victory, Dynamo head coach Mircea Lucescu refused to participate in the post-match press conference.

Next match UEFA Champions League Ukrainians will hold against the Austrian “Sturm”.

Turkish fans did not calm down after the match

The day after the loss to Fenerbahce, Turkish Instagram users began to leave comments in support of Putin and emoji with Russian flags on the page of the Moscow Dynamo football club. The Baza publication suggests that Turkish fans wanted to play a trick on the Ukrainian team in this way, but mixed up the accounts of the clubs.

Teams from Russia in 2022 do not participate in the Champions League – UEFA suspended the country from participating in all international tournaments in all controlled disciplines due to Russian military invasion of Ukraine. Sports arbitration in June rejected RFU appeals regarding the removal of clubs. At the same time, the former captain of the Russian football team Igor Denisov openly criticized Russia’s actions and said he had sent an open letter to Putin demanding an end to the war.

called Russia the aggressor and the head of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach. At the same time, the head of the IOC stressed that the organization is closely monitoring the actions of Russian athletes and understands that in some cases they do not have the opportunity to speak out against Russia’s aggression.

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