Concerns remain after Ukraine awarded 2018 final
KIEV, UKRAINE » Russia and Ukraine’s political rivalry will extend into the world of football in 2018 as they try to outdo each other in hosting two of the sport’s biggest events.
Ukraine’s capital Kiev will play host to the Champions League final at its 70,000-capacity Olympic Stadium less than a month before Russia’s 2018 World Cup begins. The decision was announced by UEFA on Thursday.
Just like in neighboring Russia, there are concerns over football-related racism and violence in Ukraine.
While a game at the stadium Sunday between Dynamo Kiev and Zorya Luhansk appeared to pass without incident as Dynamo lost 1-0, the club has been repeatedly punished by UEFA for violence, racism and pitch invasions by its fans at the Olympic Stadium. There were also safety violations related to blocked stairways at the stadium.