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Dynamo Kyiv consider segregating black fans to 'prevent racism'

Dynamo Kiev's stadium director reportedly says the club will look into separating black and white fans inside their stadium following last week's racist attack in the game against Chelsea

Sean Gibson

Published 27/10/2015 | 17:46

Dynamo fans during the UEFA Champions League group stage, Group G, soccer match between Dynamo Kyiv and Chelsea at the Olimpiyskiy stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, 20 October 2015. EPA/SERGEY DOLZHENKO
Dynamo fans during the UEFA Champions League group stage, Group G, soccer match between Dynamo Kyiv and Chelsea at the Olimpiyskiy stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, 20 October 2015. EPA/SERGEY DOLZHENKO

Dynamo Kiev have revealed they will consider segregating black and white fans in their stadium following an attack on four black men during the Ukrainians' Champions League match with Chelsea last week.

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In a move which is likely to spark a fresh backlash against the club, Volodimir Spilchenko, the stadium director, said a separate section for black fans was an idea that the club would explore – though this has since been disputed by a statement posted on the stadium's Facebook page.

Responding to a journalist who made the suggestion of segregation, Spilchenko reportedly said: "We'll probably listen to your offer.

"We are trying, maybe, to make a special sector, in order to avoid the manifestation of racism."

But in a follow-up statement, the Olympic National Sports Complex clarified: "[Spilchenko] categorically condemned the idea of creating a separate sector or any other segmentation separate groups of supporters. He also said that he always opposed the construction of additional barriers for fans.

"Unfortunately, the journalists interviewing [took] only the first phrase about the possibility of creating a separate [section] and completely ignored the following sentence, in which the Executive Director has expressed [his] position."

A video emerged online following the Champions League game in Kiev last week, showing home fans attacking and chasing the black supporters.

This is not the first instance of racist behaviour among Dynamo Kiev's fans, and the club was fined €15,000 by UEFA last season for fans' racist abuse of Everton players during a Europa League game.

Following the latest incident, there has been precious little promise that any more will be done to tackle racism.

Instead, Dynamo's counter-intuitive 'solution' to racism has been followed up by the outright denial of the attack's racist overtones by Ohor Kochetov – the vice-president of the Ukrainian Football Federation, no less.

Players hold up 'No to racism' pennants prior to the game between Dynamo Kiev and Chelsea

Speaking to news outlet Vesti, Kochetov questioned the movements of the black supporters who were attacked.

"[Black fans] in the sector that is always occupied by the 'Rodychi' ultras is highly surprising to everyone.

"We are trying, maybe, to make a special sector, in order to avoid the manifestation of racism."

Volodimir Spilchenko, stadium director

"People of that category have never been there. Initial information indicates that these people were without tickets and were holding flares.

"Maybe this was a specially planned provocation. These are all questions that require answers."

Telegraph.co.uk

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