Opinion Off the Ball

Tuesday 12 December 2017

Ukraine fans show sport can triumph over war

Anti-government protestors play football in Europe square in Kiev, Ukraine
Anti-government protestors play football in Europe square in Kiev, Ukraine

Donny Mahoney

It's reassuring to see that even when a country stands on the brink of invasion and war, sport, in one way or another, will always go on.

With tensions heightening dangerously on the Crimean peninsula, football bureaucrats in Ukraine, wisely perhaps, suspended play in their league. The league suspension came right before a first-versus third clash between Shaktar Donetsk and Dynamo Kiev.

So gutted supporters did what gutted supporters do: they played the match out themselves.

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