Monday 20 November 2017

Everton warn fans to delay booking Kiev trip

Roberto Martinez, manager of Everton
Roberto Martinez, manager of Everton

Everton have advised fans to delay making any travel arrangements to next month's Europa League match against Dynamo Kiev.

Yesterday's last-16 draw paired Britain's last representatives in the competition with the Ukrainian team. The Toffees are scheduled to host the Ukrainian outfit in the first leg on March 12 before making the away trip a week later.

However, trouble flared at Dynamo's round-of-32 second-leg victory over Guingamp in Kiev on Thursday. The game was suspended for around 10 minutes by referee Martin Strombergsson towards the end.

UEFA has opening disciplinary proceedings, with Dynamo's list of charges including crowd disturbances, field invasion by supporters and the setting off/throwing of fireworks and objects.

The disciplinary case is set to be dealt with by UEFA next Wednesday and as a result Everton are urging fans to hold fire making any bookings. A statement from the club read: "Everton is advising any supporters considering booking travel to Kiev to wait until our official allocation, and the ticketing criteria, have been confirmed. This is likely to be early next week.

"We are also aware of the discussions between Dynamo and UEFA over safety and security matters following the incidents in the stadium during the round-of-32 fixture against Guingamp and will provide any updates as soon as possible. Details on tickets and official travel packages will appear on evertonfc.com in due course. This is likely to be on Monday."

Boss Roberto Martinez (above) had earlier said: ''At the moment there is a UEFA investigation going on and we don't know any more details from that point of view. We are going to take every step as it comes and wait for instructions. At the moment it is just about concentrating on the first leg and seeing how the investigation goes with UEFA.''

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