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Turkish football club Fenerbahçe was sanctioned after pro-Putin chants

The European Football Union (UEFA) fined Turkish club Fenerbahçe 50,000 euros on Friday to punish slogans chanted by some of its supporters in favor of Russian President Vladimir Putin during a match against the Ukrainians from at Dynamo kyiv on July 27 in Istanbul. UEFA also imposed a partial closure of the Turkish club’s stadium, with at least 5,000 seats condemned, during its next European home match.

The European body specified in a press release that these measures were decided in response “throwing things and sending a provocative message of an offensive nature, which is forbidden songs”.

The incidents occurred during the game count for 2e Champions League qualifying round, won 2-1 in Dynamo Kyiv. After a goal scored by the Ukrainian Vitaliy Buyalski (57e), several hundred Fenerbahçe supporters chanted the name of the Russian head of state, according to videos posted on social networks. UEFA immediately opened a disciplinary investigation into “bad behavior” Turkish fans.

Fenerbahçe initially apologized in a press release, before its president announced three days later that the club would not apologize to Ukraine for these pro-Putin slogans. For his part, the Ukrainian ambassador to Turkey, Vasyl Bodnar, condemned these songs the day after the match. “It is very sad to hear from Fenerbahçe supporters words that support the murderer and the aggressor who bombed our country”he reacted in Turkish on Twitter.

The pro-Putin slogans also caused an uproar on social media, with many Turkish netizens calling them “embarrassed”. While quickly condemning Russia’s offensive in Ukraine, Turkey chose neutrality between the two countries and did not participate in Western sanctions against Moscow.

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