Dynamo Kyiv criticise Fenerbahce for pre-season games in Russia amid war tensions

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Dynamo Kyiv, a Ukrainian club, criticized Fenerbahce in a strongly-worded statement, calling them a club lacking integrity and moral values. 

This came after Fenerbahce traveled to Russia to participate in a pre-season tournament, where they will face Zenit St Petersburg, Red Star Belgrade, and Neftci from Azerbaijan. The matches will take place at the Gazprom Arena in St Petersburg.

After Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, FIFA and UEFA suspended Russian teams from taking part in their competitions. Moscow refers to the invasion as a “special military operation.”

“The bloody money of (Russian energy giant) Gazprom has eclipsed everything for you, left you without honour and conscience,” Dynamo said in a statement.

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Fenerbahce did not provide an immediate response to a comment request from Reuters.

Dynamo accused the Turkish club of accepting “bloody handouts from the sponsors of terrorism,” and added: “Nothing can justify this step. No money can compensate you for this shameful behaviour, this trip to the killer without morals and human qualities.”

Fenerbahce received a punishment from UEFA last year, where they were given a suspended one-game partial stadium closure for two years. 

This penalty was imposed after their supporters chanted the name of Russian President Vladimir Putin during a match against Dynamo Kyiv. Additionally, Fenerbahce was fined 50,000 euros ($54,835) and instructed to partially close their stadium.

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