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Dynamo Kiev ordered to close stadium over Everton racism

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.

Dynamo Kiev will have some sections closed. Credit: PA

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.

A UEFA statement read: "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."

Celtic fined for flares against Inter

Celtic have been fined just under £10,000 by Uefa following the misbehaviour of both their players and fans during last month's Europa League clash with Inter Milan.

The Hoops have been ordered to pay 8,000 euros (£5,861) after collecting five or more cautions during the 1-0 defeat to the Italians at San Siro.

They were also hit with a further 5,000-euro (£3,663) punishment after travelling supporters set off flares during the Round of 32 fixture, which saw the Scottish champions crash out after a 4-3 aggregate defeat.

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Europa League draw: Wolfsburg to play Napoli

Wolfsburg's Kevin de Bruyne has starred in this season's competition. Credit: PA

Wolfsburg have been drawn against Napoli in the Europa League quarter-finals while Everton conquerors Dynamo were handed a tie against Fiorentina in Friday's draw.

Europa League quarter-final draw in full:

  • Sevilla v Zenit
  • Dnipro v Club Brugge
  • Dynamo Kiev v Fiorentina
  • Wolfsburg v Napoli

Quarter-final first leg ties will take place on Thursday 16th April with return legs scheduled for Thursday 23rd April.

Everton 2-1 Dynamo Kiev

Lukaku puts his side ahead from the spot. Credit: PA

A late penalty from Romelu Lukaku gave Everton victory over Dynamo Kiev.

Steven Naismith equalised for the home side to cancel out Oleg Gusev's opening goal. Everton will go to Kiev to defend a one-goal advantage, with Dynamo optimistic after grabbing an away goal.

You can watch all the goals, highlights and post-match interviews here.

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Crowd trouble halts Dynamo match

Fans were using chairs to beat each other. Credit: Reuters

Dynamo Kiev overturned a first-leg deficit to reach the last 16 of the Europa League at the expense of Guingamp but the match was overshadowed by crowd trouble.

Play was suspended due to crowd trouble in the second half. Dynamo went on to win the game 3-1 (4-3 on aggregate).

Uefa is yet to comment on the situation.

The match was halted by the referee. Credit: Reuters

Everton issue statement over hooligan attacks in Lille

Everton have issued a statement following the news that fans were left with injuries after being attacked by hooligans in Lille ahead of the Europa League clash tonight.

A statement issued on Everton's official website on Thursday morning said: "The club has been made aware of an isolated incident in a bar in Lille on Wednesday evening in which a number of Evertonians were attacked by a group of around 50 local men.

"The club understands that two Everton fans suffered minor facial injuries and were taken to the local hospital and that this was the only incident in what was otherwise a good-natured evening in the city centre.

"The club are in continual contact with Merseyside police officers who are in Lille today and the city's police representatives.

"Supporters travelling to tonight's match are advised to utilise the travel information provided on the official website where updates on any safety matters will also be provided."

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