Pro-Putin chants cause outrage at Champions League qualifier Oleksandr Karavayev (C) of Dinamo Kiev celebrates his goal with his teammates during the UEFA Champions League qualifier second leg match between Fenerbahce SK and Dynamo Kyiv in Istanbul


Ukrainian officials have condemned Turkish football fans who chanted Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s name at a Champions League clash in Istanbul last night.

The chants appeared to have been sparked after Dynamo Kyiv midfielder Vitaliy Buyalskyi celebrated giving his side the lead by making an eagle gesture with hands, which some fans believed to be a nod to Fenerbahçe’s arch-rivals Beşiktaş.

Ukrainian Ambassador Vasyl Bodnar said the incident had “saddened” him deeply.

“We will never understand the words of support for the Russian killer and aggressor who deliberately kills Ukrainians and destroys our country,” Mr Bodnar wrote on Facebook.

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“Even football, which is so loved in Turkey, has its limits.”

Uefa has told the BBC that it has opened an investigation into the incident.

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