Fenerbahce will not apologize to Ukraine for club fans’ chants about Putin

ANKARA, 30 Jul – Turkish Fenerbahce President Ali Koç said the football club would not apologize to Ukraine because of the fans who chanted the name of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
On Wednesday, Dynamo defeated Fenerbahce in the second leg of the second round of the Champions League qualification and advanced to the next stage. The meeting in Istanbul ended in extra time with a score of 2:1 in favor of the guests. At the 57th minute of the match, Dynamo opened the scoring thanks to a goal by Vitaliy Buyalsky, who made a provocative gesture towards the Fenerbahce fans. In response, the stands began to chant: “Vladimir Putin.” According to media reports, because of this, the head coach of Kiev Mircea Lucescu did not appear at the post-match press conference. The Union of European Football Associations on Thursday said it had launched a disciplinary investigation over the behavior of the Turkish club’s supporters.
“We will not apologize to Ukraine. After the inappropriate statements of the Ambassador of Ukraine, he must apologize to us,” Milliyet quoted Koch as saying.
Earlier on Thursday, it was reported that after the match with Dynamo Kyiv, Turkish football fans left a lot of comments with Russian flags on the club’s Instagram (Meta (Facebook and Instagram social networks) are banned in Russia as extremist activities) of Dynamo Moscow, apparently confusing the social networks of the two clubs.


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