MOSCOW, February 13. /TASS/. The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) has initiated disciplinary proceeding against Russian football club Zenit St. Petersburg following the match of the Europa League’s Round of 32 against Turkey’s Febnerbahce on Tuesday in Istanbul.
“Disciplinary proceedings have been opened following the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between Fenerbahce SK and Football Club Zenit (1-0), played on 12 February in Turkey,” the European governing football body announced in a statement on Friday.
The UEFA reported in its statement that the disciplinary proceedings against Zenit St. Petersburg FC were launched on charges of ” setting off of fireworks,” as well ” Throwing of objects.”
Fenerbahce and Zenit played their first leg match of the UEFA Europa League’s Round of 32 on February 12 at the Sukru Saracoglu Arena in Istanbul. The only goal in the game was scored by Islam Slimani on the 21st minute of the game.
Following the match, the UEFA also opened disciplinary proceedings against hosts Fenerbahce FC on charges of “stairways blocked.”
The Russian Consulate General’s Office also refuted on Wednesday earlier media reports about an alleged attack on a bus with Zenit St. Petersburg football club’s fans in Istanbul on Tuesday.
“We have checked allegations on a possible attack on a bus carrying Zenit St. Petersburg fans during the match day and this information turned out to be false,” Lyudmila Sadykova, a spokesperson for the Russian Consulate General’s Office in Istanbul, told TASS.
The return match between Fenerbahce and Zenit is scheduled to be played on February 21 in Russia’s second largest city of St. Petersburg.
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