There will be one thing missing from the Champions League match between Manchester City and Dynamo Kiev on Feb. 24: the roar of the crowd, as this epic match will be played in an empty stadium! HollywoodLife.com still wants you to see this game, so click to watch!
The Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex can hold up to 70,000 people. Yet, the massive arena will be nearly empty when Manchester City meets Dynamo Kiev in what may be the strangest and most emotionally charged match in the entire Champions League tournament.
Man City won’t expect a warm welcome when they head to the Ukraine to meet the Dynamos (aka FC Dynamo Kyiv) on Feb. 24. These two teams have some major bad blood between them, so this match is going to be explosive. The action kicks off at 2:45 PM EST, so be sure you’re ready to watch every minute!
Nobody will be there to watch the match live. Yes, the Dynamos’ home stadium will be completely empty because the team is serving a punishment, according to the Daily Mail. The UEFA ordered Kiev to play three European home games “behind closed doors” — no fans allowed — because of the fans’ racist behavior during a match against Chelsea in Oct. 2015. Four black fans were assaulted by Kiev supporters, causing the UEFA to issue the ban. You can show your support for Man City by getting your official Sky Blues jersey here.
“It’s absolutely the right thing to do because those Dynamo fans were being racist,” Kevin Parker, general secretary of the Man City Supporters’ Club, told the Daily Mail. “But they have to follow through on that ban and let none of those racist fans in because it would make a laughing stock of UEFA and the decision they’ve taken.” If you think that Dynamo fans are given a bad rap, show your Kiev pride with your official Dynamo Kiev hoodie.
Man City hopes that they don’t wind up a laughing stock. They’ve never gotten past the Round of 16 in the Champions League tournament, per Sky Sports. Eliaquim Mangala, 25, will likely make his return to the squad after sitting out 10 games due to a hamstring injury. Hopefully, he can give Man City the oomph it needs to get to the next round.
Dynamo Kiev hasn’t made it to the Round of 16 since the 1998-98 tournament, but English teams have won 0 of their last five Champions League away games against Ukrainian teams. Will Man City or Kiev prevail when no one’s watching?
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