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Wednesday 18 October 2017

Dynamo Kiev ordered to close part of stadium for Toffees tie

Dynamo Kiev's goalkeeper Oleksandr Shovkovskiy tries to prevent his supporters from fighting with security guards during the UEFA Europa League round of 32 second-leg football match FC Dynamo and EA Guingamp in Kiev on February 26, 2015
Dynamo Kiev's goalkeeper Oleksandr Shovkovskiy tries to prevent his supporters from fighting with security guards during the UEFA Europa League round of 32 second-leg football match FC Dynamo and EA Guingamp in Kiev on February 26, 2015

UEFA has ordered Dynamo Kiev to close part of its stadium for the upcoming Europa League match against Everton.

Everton will play the second leg of their last-16 tie in the Ukrainian capital on March 19.

UEFA have ordered section 21 of the Olympic Stadium to be shut for the match as punishment for ugly crowd disturbances that took place during Dynamo's clash against Guingamp in the previous round.

The match had to be halted for 15 minutes after fighting broke out in the crowd.

Fireworks were set off during the 3-1 home win and supporters entered the pitch shortly after the brawling began.

UEFA also said health and safety rules were breached as stairways were blocked during the match. As well as the part-closure of their stadium, UEFA has fined the Ukrainian club 370,000.

Everton said club officials have been in discussions with their Dynamo Kiev counterparts over ticket allocations.

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