Subscribe Now
Trending News

Blog Post

Ukraine war: Pro-Putin chants cause outrage at Turkish football match – BBC

Ukraine war: Pro-Putin chants cause outrage at Turkish football match – BBC 

By Matt Murphy
BBC News

Ukrainian officials have condemned Turkish football fans who chanted Russian leader Vladimir Putin's name at a Champions League clash in Istanbul.
Thousands of Fenerbahce supporters joined in the chant after their team conceded a goal to Ukrainian champions Dynamo Kyiv.
Ukrainian Ambassador Vasyl Bodnar said the incident had "saddened" him deeply.
Dynamo Kyiv won the match 2-1, having drawn 0-0 in the first leg played in Poland because of Russia's invasion.
"We will never understand the words of support for the Russian killer and aggressor who deliberately kills Ukrainians and destroys our country," Mr Bodnar wrote on Facebook. "Even football, which is so loved in Turkey, has its limits."
Competition organiser Uefa told the BBC that it has opened an investigation into the incident.
The chants appeared to have been sparked after Dynamo midfielder Vitaliy Buyalskyi celebrated giving his side the lead by making an eagle gesture with hands, which some fans believed to be a nod to Fenerbahce's arch-rivals Besiktas.
Fenerbahçe fans chanting “Vladimir Putin” after a Dynamo Kyiv player celebrated scoring in this #UCL qualifier.

Absolutely tasteless 👎
Dynamo's head coach Mircea Lucescu told reporters after the game that the sport "cannot accept the behaviour of the fans".
"I did not expect such chants. It is a pity," he added. Lucescu, a former manager of the Turkish national team, later refused to attend a post-match news conference in protest over the fans' actions.
Fenerbahce said the fans' actions did not represent the club or its "corporate stance in any way".
"We once again remind the public of our stance that sports and politics should always be kept separate from each other," a statement read.
The incident sparked uproar on social media, with some users saying the Turkish side should be banned from European competitions.
It comes just weeks before the return of the top flight of Ukrainian football on 23 August. The Ukrainian Premier League was abandoned after the Russian invasion in February, which made it unsafe to continue.
"Holding football competitions during the war is not only about sports," Andriy Pavelko, president of the Ukrainian FA, told reporters.
The exact format of the competition is yet to be confirmed, but it is expected that games will be played behind closed doors in the Kyiv region and other cities further west.
Just two sides from last season's incomplete schedule, Desna Chernihiv and FC Mariupol, have announced that they will not be able to take part. Both sides have seen their infrastructure devastated, with Mariupol currently under Russian occupation after a protracted siege.
This video can not be played
Ukrainian footballer Oleksandr Zinchenko talks about the war in his homeland
Dynamo Kyiv to play top clubs to raise funds
'It's the only time they can forget about the war'
US kills al-Qaeda leader in Afghanistan drone strike
China ready for show of force towards Taiwan – US
World one misstep from nuclear annihilation – UN
Helping children to overcome the trauma of war
He defied Donald Trump – what happens now?
Five things that held women back in football in England
Griner case throws spotlight on hostage diplomacy
How much for Depp's drawings? Take our quiz…
How rangers use AI to help protect India's tigers
Kenya election: Split loyalties in battleground area
When Delhi and London colluded to deny passports to Indians
US firms 'enforce' taking time off
The isle that France and Spain share
This curious geographic transaction has been going on for more than 350 years
The surprising benefits of pruney skin
Why do our fingers shrivel in water?
The young workers who 'want it all'
The youngest in the labour market have a slew of demands
© 2022 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read about our approach to external linking.


Related posts

© Copyright 2022, All Rights Reserved