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The Football Federation of Ukraine will appeal against the FIFA sanctions for fans’ behavior during the Ukraine-San Marino match after it receives the full text of the decision, FFU first vice President Serhiy Storozenko told a press conference in Kyiv on Monday.
"We haven’t got the full text of the FIFA decision yet. And in order to challenge it, one needs to have the complete document," he said, Interfax-Ukraine reported.
According to him, in its appeal, the FFU will insist that it is impossible to be so categorical in judging the events that took place in Lviv, and it will challenge the approach to the examination of the evidence.
At the same time, Storozhenko expressed regret that fans once again used political symbols during the last match of the Ukrainian championship between FC Karpaty Lviv and Tavriya Simferopol in Lviv on Sunday.
As reported, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee at a meeting on September 27 decided that the 2014 World Cup qualifier between Ukraine and Poland in Kharkiv on October 11 would be played without spectators. In addition, Ukraine will be banned from playing in the Arena Lviv stadium as of September 27 and for the whole duration of the preliminary competition for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
In the 2014 World Cup qualifier between Ukraine and San Marino, which was played in Lviv, Ukraine, on September 6, 2013, both the referee and the match commissioner reported several incidents involving pyrotechnical devices. Moreover, FIFA was informed by FARE (Football Against Racism Europe), that several racist and discriminatory incidents were apparently perpetrated by local supporters during the match, in particular by displaying neo-Nazi banners and by making “monkey noises and gestures, as well as Nazi salutes.