Ukraine's first non-spectator match with small fans took place. Timeline of events

On February 22, the match of the 19th round of Dynamo UPL (Kyiv) - Vorskla (Poltava) took place in Ukraine. This match was due to the misbehavior of the Kiev club fans in one of the previous matches had to pass without spectators. But thanks to a decision by the UAF Executive Board, adopted in December 2019, it was attended by 568 children under the age of 14. We suggest mentioning the timeline of events that preceded this game.

November 21, 2019. The Control and Disciplinary Committee of the Ukrainian Football Association, considering the incidents that occurred during the match of the 14th round of FC Shakhtar - Dynamo, determined that FC Dynamo will hold one home match without spectators (plus one non-spectator match with probation until the end of the 2019/2020 season) and must make a mandatory cash contribution of UAH 500 thousand.

December 16, 2019. The Executive Committee of the Ukrainian Football Association approved the Regulation of stadium infrastructure and football security measures. During the discussion, UAF President Andriy Pavelko insisted that the regulation include a UEFA rule that matches that are decided to be played without spectators can be attended by children under 14 years of age with appropriate adult support. This rule is optional, and its use by UEFA is at the discretion of national associations. By a majority of the members of the UAF Executive Board, this provision, which is currently not observed in all European countries, was included in the regulation.

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January 2020. After printing, regulations with a new norm for Ukraine were sent to clubs and published on the official website of UAF.

February 6, 2020 A meeting of the Appeal Committee of the Ukrainian Football Association was held, at which the appeal of FC Dynamo (Kyiv) against the decision of the UAF Control and Disciplinary Committee of November 21, 2019 was considered.

Having considered the appeal received by FC Dynamo against the CCC's decision, the UAF Appeals Committee decided to deny its satisfaction in full.

FC Dynamo (Kyiv) have been informed that the club may appeal the decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne in accordance with the established procedure. But Dynamo did not exercise this right.

February 11, 2020 In the Football House a training seminar was held for UAF delegates, football club security officers and representatives of the National Police, who were also attended by representatives of Kiev Dynamo. During the seminar the attention of all participants was separately emphasized on the emergence of the norm, which allows for the first time in the history of Ukrainian football to invite for a match held "without spectators", children under 14 years. But it was stressed that in doing so, a club wishing to take advantage of the new rule would have to coordinate with the UAF Committee on Stadiums and Event Security.

February 14, 2020 The Ukrainian Football Association was addressed by FC Dynamo Kyiv (Kyiv), who in a letter No. 69 dated 14.02.2020/14/XNUMX signed the first vice-president of the club Vitaliy Sivkov informed that the entrance to the match will be allowed to "children students of football schools of Kyiv age XNUMX years accompanied by parents and teachers. "

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By this letter, the club actually informed the UAF in an ultimatum form of its planned actions for admitting a certain category of fans (including their support) on the basis of Art. 26 of the Stadium Infrastructure Regulations and Football Security Measures, although paragraph (a) of this article makes it clear that the escort issue is agreed by the UAF Stadium and Event Safety Committee. For reasons unknown to the UAF, the club restricted the number of children under the age of 14 who it intended to invite to the match only to students of football schools in the city of Kiev, although it had the right to invite students of general schools and to agree with UAF the mechanism of their support.

February 17, 2020 A letter was sent to FC Dynamo (Kyiv) by the UAF Committee on stadiums and competition security, in which the committee, on the basis of information provided by FC Dynamo (Kiev), agreed to invite the football students' football match schools in the city of Kyiv under the age of 14 ”and provided explanations regarding the procedure for accompanying these children to adults.

February 20, 2020 UAF received a letter from FC Dynamo (Kyiv) on No. 89 dated 18.02.2020/XNUMX/XNUMX, signed by Vice-President Andriy Madzianovsky, in which the club asked to explain why UAF “forbids the attendance of pupils of secondary schools and refers to the rules of law which are not exist". In response, the UAF Committee on Stadiums and Competition Security explained that the committee's previous decision did not ban the attendance of pupils in general schools. The club was also offered free assistance by UAF lawyers to correctly interpret applicable laws and regulations.

February 21, 2020 The day before the match at the Dynamo stadium them. Valery Lobanovsky hosted a working meeting of club representatives and match officials (delegate and security officer), at which representatives of Dynamo submitted to the UAF Committee on stadiums and competition the lists of children-students of football schools in Kyiv and the persons who were to accompany them game.

February 22, 2020 On the day of the match at the Dynamo stadium them. Valery Lobanovsky hosted a pre-match meeting at which Dynamo representatives announced that they had printed 4000 tickets to attend a duel by children on previously agreed lists.

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Thus, it can be stated that thanks to the initiative of the President of the UAF Andriy Pavelko and the decision of the Executive Committee of the UAF, the first match was held in Ukraine, which should have passed without spectators de jure but de facto passed with the spectators. It would be desirable that the necessity to use the norm of invitation to a match "without spectators" of children under 14 years does not arise in Ukrainian clubs at all. But if there is such a need, it is hoped that the difficult experience in organizing the first such match in our country will be useful.

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