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Uefa orders 'partial' closure of Kyiv stadium

04/03/2015  Comments (16)  jump

Everton's Europa League Round of 16 away leg against Dynamo Kyiv will go ahead as planned at the Olympic Stadium following a decision by Uefa's Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body.

The panel met today to rule on sanctions to the Ukrainian club following crowd trouble during Kyiv's Round of 32 game match with Guingamp last month.

Dynamo Kyiv have been charged with crowd disturbances, a pitch invasion by supporters, setting off fireworks and having stairwells blocked due to insufficient organisation.

The club has been fined 70,000 and ordered to close Sector 21 of the Olympic Stadium when Everton visit on 19th March. Uefa have confirmed that Everton's allocation for the fixture at the 16,873 70,000-seater stadium is will not be affected.


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Ken Buckley
1 Posted 04/03/2015 at 17:02:15
Is today's Uefa ruling enough to give fans confidence to travel to Kiev for the game. Not enough for me... so I hope we win 5-0 at home.
Patrick Murphy
2 Posted 04/03/2015 at 17:03:52
The game will take place in the Olympic Stadium as scheduled, Kiev have been fined and a section of the ground will be closed but it won't affect Everton's allocation.
Mike Oates
3 Posted 04/03/2015 at 17:06:20
What an absolute cop out by Uefa! So troublemakers were in Section 21. So close it and move them to Section 22, problem solved????
Tony J Williams
4 Posted 04/03/2015 at 17:10:43
Surprised it wasn't the away end they closed.....
David Hallwood
5 Posted 04/03/2015 at 17:18:33
If that would've been an English side they would've been thrown out or the leg would've been played at a neutral venue probably loin another country. Typical Uefa politics.
Edward Petrychevsky
6 Posted 04/03/2015 at 17:05:57
Thank you all, who answered me on the thread about Everton drawing Dynamo Kyiv in the Europa League. Especially Lyndon Lloyd. IÂ’m really happy, that most of you have an objective view about the situation in Ukraine now.

About this post. "16,873 seats Valeriy Lobanovsky Stadium" thatÂ’s our old stadium, were at the moment plays Dynamo-2 (youth). And weÂ’re playing on the governmental NSC Olimpiyskiy (70,050).

Sector 21 - Sector of Ultras (active supporters). Actually we got to big groups of "Ultras". Sectors 41-43 (like old school). And Sector 21 (they separated themselves from 41-43), idiots from this sector were on the field during last match.

IÂ’m really happy, that other supporters can visit the match. (Actually I would like to close that sector for a long time.) And inviting you to visit Kyiv, IÂ’m sure you will have a pleasure stay.

Best wishes from Kyiv!

Mike Childs
7 Posted 04/03/2015 at 17:26:22
If you do go Ken, I hope you and the rest of our brave fans return safely and enjoy a win to boot.
Colin Gee
8 Posted 04/03/2015 at 17:39:18
Don't Dynamo Kyiv play their European games at the Olympic Stadium in Kyiv which holds 70,000 rather than their home ground which as mentioned at the top only holds 16,873?
Tony Hill
9 Posted 04/03/2015 at 17:54:19
Yes we need to finish this tie at Goodison.
Dan Howard
10 Posted 04/03/2015 at 18:13:34
I donÂ’t get it. Are those fans only allowed in Sector 21? Or could they just buy tickets for other sectors and cause trouble from there?
Lyndon Lloyd
11 Posted 04/03/2015 at 18:17:06
Colin (7), as Edward confirms above, yes, they do. I knew that, too, having referenced it in my post last week following the trouble at the Guingamp game so I don't know why it didn't register when I was editing this one.

Brian Cleveland
12 Posted 04/03/2015 at 18:28:24
Edward (5),

Nice to have you posting with us... always good to get interaction with opposition fans... as in all walks of life, communication prevents problems and wars...

Here's to a tie of exciting football and new friends for those who can visit (I only wish I had the chance to go myself!)

Olexiy Khlobotov
13 Posted 04/03/2015 at 18:43:48
Hi to all Everton fans,

I have been living all my life in Kyiv and will be at the game in Olimpyskiy and IÂ’m going to visit the game at Goodison next Thursday.

I would like to assure everyone that Kyiv is a very safe city, only the eastern parts of our country is currently in war.

Also what happened last Thursday where some of our Â’fansÂ’ ran to invade the Guingamp supporters was because the Guingamp fans put up things like Â’Crimea is RussiaÂ’ and put up a Russian flag in their sector.

IÂ’m sure that Everton supporters are much more understanding and will come to the stadium to watch the game and support their team, instead of spreading provocative political messages.

I hope you all have a great day, and feel free to visit our beautiful city!

Christopher Wallace
14 Posted 04/03/2015 at 22:19:35
Thanks For information Edward. What about the streets of Kyiv? I would imagine that they hold more danger, either from the banned ultras or the Kyiv police, or both (most likely).

I've no intention of going to this particular game, but I fear the worst. I think this particular sanction will only escalate the situation further.

Steve Carse
17 Posted 05/03/2015 at 18:47:58
How much is a pint over there? After emptying my wallet of cash in Bern it would be nice to get pissed on just a couple of quid.
Rob Halligan
18 Posted 05/03/2015 at 19:06:29
Was in Kiev the night before Kharkov, Steve, and we were paying about 50p a pint. In Kharkiv there were kiosks which sold bottles for about 30p. Never saw any of these kiosks in Kiev though.

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