10 Turkish fans hurt after Ukraine match
KIEV: Ten Turkish fans were treated in hospital, two for stab wounds, after clashes broke out surrounding a Champions League qualifier between Besiktas and Dinamo Kiev, police said yesterday. The violence late Tuesday cast a fresh spotlight on concerns for fans’ safety in Kiev as the Ukrainian capital prepares to host the 2018 Champions League final. A police statement said two Turkish fans were stabbed while eight suffered less serious injuries during clashes that began on Kiev’s main avenue Khreshchatyk before the game and lasted for nine hours. The match ended with Dinamo thrashing their rivals 6-0. The result means that the Turks progress to the Europa League as third-place finishers in Group B while Kiev finish bottom of the group and are out of the competition despite the win. At the match an AFP reporter saw Turkish fans ripping off seats and throwing them at Dinamo supporters while the police tried to keep the two groups apart. A spokeswoman for the Kiev mayor’s office said that eight of the Besiktas fans had been released from hospital by Wednesday while two more needed more time to recover.