UEFA have opened disciplinary proceedings against Turkish Super Lig club Fenerbahce after their fans were heard chanting Vladimir Putin's name during a Champions League qualifier against Ukrainian opponents Dynamo Kyiv.
The disgraceful incident occurred during the second leg of the tie on Wednesday night, immediately after Ukrainian midfielder Vitaliy Buyalskyi had the scored the opening goal in a 2-1 win for Dynamo.
In a statement, UEFA said: "An ethics and disciplinary inspector will conduct a disciplinary investigation regarding alleged misbehaviour of Fenerbahce supporters."
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Vasyl Bodnar, the Ukrainian ambassador to Ankara, said on Twitter he was saddened by the chants but thanked those who stood against the "inappropriate actions" of the fans. "Football is a fair game. Dynamo Kyiv was stronger yesterday," he added.
In a statement on Thursday, Fenerbahce insisted the chants were sung by fans who did not represent the club, its position, or its views, adding that it stood firmly against the war in Ukraine.
"Whatever the reason may be, we as the Fenerbahce Sport Club absolutely reject the reaction coming from parts of our stands," the club continued, adding it was unfair to put blame on all its fans or the club for an act that "never represents our values."
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Fans vented their fury about the disgraceful chants on social media, with some even calling for Fenerbahce to be banned from all UEFA competitions.
"Please ban Fenerbahce from all your events. This is disgusting, pathetic and infuriating," one user tweeted.
A second person agreed, saying: "We cannot accept these attitudes. Fenerbahce must be ban from all of the Europe leagues which is going to play at this year. @UEFA."
One fan claiming to be a Fenerbahce supporter had a similar message: "I am a Fenerbahce fan but UEFA should ban us from European competitions."
Turkey shares a maritime border with both Ukraine and Russia in the Black Sea and has good ties with both. In recent months, the country has staged a number of mediation events, attempting to broker a peace between Kyiv and Moscow. Ankara has criticised Russia's invasion though hasn't changed or terminated commercial relations with the country.
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