Turkish football fans chant Vladimir Putin’s name during loss to the Ukrainian team

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UEFA are investigating Fenerbahçe after the Turkish football club’s fans chanted the name of Russian President Vladimir Putin during a Champions League qualifying game against Ukraine’s Dynamo Kyiv.

The chants were heard at Fenerbahçe’s stadium in Istanbul shortly after Vitaliy Buyalskiy scored the opening goal for Dynamo in a game the Ukrainian team went on to win 2-1 after extra time on Wednesday.

“A UEFA Ethics and Disciplinary Inspector will conduct a disciplinary investigation regarding alleged misbehaviour of Fenerbahçe supporters,” European football’s governing body said in a statement.

“Information on this matter will be made available in due course.”

UEFA did not respond to a request for comment on whether the chants could count as banned discriminatory language, or could fall under a rule excluding “provocative messages” of a political nature.

Fenerbahçe said they rejected the chants and that it was unfair to blame the club.

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