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UEFA investigate Fenerbahce's pro-Putin fan chants in CL game

UEFA will start a disciplinary investigation against Turkish club Fenerbahce over a group of its fans chanting Vladimir Putin's name after conceding a goal at home to Ukrainian side Dynamo Kyiv in a Champions League qualifier.

European football's governing said an "Ethics and Disciplinary Inspector will conduct a disciplinary investigation regarding alleged misbehaviour of Fenerbahce supporters" at the Dynamo Kyiv match, adding further information would be made available later.

Shortly after Fenerbahce's Ismail Yuksek was sent off, Vitaliy Buyalskyi put the Ukrainian side ahead in the 57th minute. Buyalskyi's celebration was met with chants supporting the Russian President by many Fenerbahce fans, prompting an online backlash condemning the Istanbul side's fans and calling on European governing body UEFA to take action against the club.

The game ended 1-1 after 90 minutes but Dynamo knocked out Fenerbahce from the Champions League with a 114th-minute winner by Oleksandr Karavaev.

Vasyl Bodnar, 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 said.

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