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Kiev fined over racist behaviour towards Everton

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Dynamo Kiev have been ordered to close part of their stadium for next month's Europa League quarter-final after racist behaviour by fans towards Everton players.

The Ukrainian side has also been fined 15,000 euros (#10,950) by UEFA for the setting off of fireworks and for insufficient organisation.

The racist behaviour took place during the 5-2 second-leg win over Everton on March 19.

UEFA has ordered partial closure of the NSK Olimpiyskiy stadium for the first leg of the quarter-final against Fiorentina, to be played in Kiev on April 16.

Dynamo Kyiv was also fine £15,000 for setting off fireworks Credit: PA

The CEDB (UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body) has ordered the partial closure of the NSK Olimpiyskiy stadium during the next UEFA competition match which FC Dynamo Kyiv would play as the host club, and in particular, Blocks 43 and 45 of the stadium.

The Ukrainian club have also been fined 15,000 euros for the setting off of fireworks and the insufficient organisation.

– UEFA statement

#DancingMan is from Merseyside

Sean O'Brien became an internet sensation after twitter users started a campaign to track him down after photos of him being humiliated on a dance floor were posted online.

Pictures of him dancing were captioned “Spotted this specimen trying to dance the other week. He stopped when he saw us laughing.”

The picture provoked a Twitter outrage and soon a campaign was launched to find him and bring him to a private VIP Dance Party in California.

Celebrities including Pharrell Williams and singer Ellie Goulding have shown their support for the campaign and even Moby says he would DJ the event.

Sean accepted the invitation by creating his own twitter account on which he revealed he was in fact an Everton FC fan.

The Liverpool Echo reports that Sean is a former pupil at St Gregory’s Primary School and Maricourt Catholic High School in Maghull who now lives in London.

Supporters have now raised more than $30,000 to fund “the dance party of a lifetime”, which will benefit an anti-bullying campaign.


Tim Howard set for Toffees return

Tim Howard in action for Everton. Credit: Press Association.

Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard is set to make his return to action in Wednesday's Barclays Premier League away clash with Chelsea.

Howard has not yet featured in 2015 due to the calf problem he sustained in the 1-0 Boxing Day defeat to Stoke at Goodison Park.

Asked about the 35-year-old United States international at his press conference to preview the Chelsea game, Everton boss Roberto Martinez said: "Tim has been working really well.

"He trained well on Monday, so I expect that he is fully fit now for any sort of games."


Everton's Lennon poised for derby debut

Everton's Aaron Lennon pictured after signing for Everton Football Club on loan. Credit: Press Association.

Everton boss Roberto Martinez expects James McCarthy to be available for Saturday's Merseyside derby clash with Liverpool and is also ready to hand Aaron Lennon a Toffees debut in the game.

Midfielder McCarthy is set to return after missing six games with a hamstring problem, while winger Lennon is coming into the squad following his arrival on loan from Tottenham for the rest of the season on transfer deadline day.

The Barclays Premier League contest at Goodison Park looks to be too soon for Tim Howard (calf) to make his comeback, and Leon Osman (foot), Steven Pienaar (knee) and Tony Hibbert (unspecified) remain sidelined.

Rodgers: Blues will be glad to see Gerrard go

Gerrard celebrates his goal against Everton earlier this season Credit: PA

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes Everton will be delighted to see the back of Steven Gerrard.

The Reds captain plays in his 33rd and final Merseyside derby at Goodison Park on Saturday before heading off to Los Angeles Galaxy in the summer.

With critics writing him off earlier in the season he was instrumental in the 1-1 draw at Anfield in September.

He scored his 10th goal in these cross-city encounters from a free-kick and it looked like being the winner until Phil Jagielka's thunderbolt last-minute equaliser.

Rodgers does not expect any emotion or ceremony from the 34-year-old midfielder but believes there will be plenty of rejoicing from the blue half of the city, who have taunted him mercilessly since he made his first appearance against them in April 1999.

Rodgers says Everton fans will be glad to see the back of Gerrard Credit: PA

I am sure they will be glad to see the back of him. He has been an incredible player for this club and has played in so many of the derby games and been outstanding in them.

He will want to go into it as he does every game - he wants to win for his club and it will be no different this weekend.

– Brendan Rodgers, Liverpool Manager
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