UAF appealed to UEFA regarding the incident during the Conference League match "Aris" - "Dynamo"

The Ukrainian Football Association sent a letter to UEFA and the Hellenic Football Federation regarding an incident during the match League of conferences with the participation of Dynamo Kyiv, which took place on August 10.

"We have to appeal due to the offensive and dangerous incident that occurred during the recent UEFA Conference League Third Qualifying Round match between FC Aris (Greece) and FC Dynamo (Ukraine). In the stands of Kleanthis Vikelidis Stadium (Thessaloniki, Greece), an outrageous banner was displayed against Azovstal defenders, namely Smash Azov nazis, which was seen in the broadcast of the match.

We assume that the banner was made by local ultras who are in contact with Russian fan movements, since the message on the banner completely matches the messages of Russian propaganda. The specified banner was removed from the stands in about 10 minutes. However, the fact of this incident worried us a lot, because it is a dangerous signal of a deeply wrong perception of the tragic events in Ukraine, as well as an example of the propaganda of violence at matches of competitions under the auspices of UEFA, unacceptable for the football family. The defenders of Azovstal, also known as the Azov unit of the Ukrainian army, have no connection to the Nazis, and neither does anyone in Ukrainian society, but this is the narrative of Russian propaganda that it spreads around the world.

We ask UEFA and our colleagues from the Hellenic Football Federation to carefully consider the described episode and find an opportunity to take strict measures against the violators, as well as precautionary measures to prevent similar cases in the future," the UAF letter reads in particular.

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