Vice President of the Ukrainian football federation has lashed out at FIFA and the Football against Racism in Europe group (FARE) for his country’s recent one match supporter ban.
FIFA ordered the national team play their next World Cup qualifier behind closed doors after their fans were accused by FARE of making monkey chants and performing Nazi salutes during their victory over San Marino.
FIFA also banned the Lviv stadium from hosting all qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup. A ban the Ukraine football federation insist they will appeal.
Sergiy Storozhenko said it was unfair to punish the masses due to a handful of troublemakers during the match at the Lviv Stadium.
He said: “Our main point is that not only do we disagree with the evaluation categories used by FARE and FIFA, but we say, ‘If there appeared to be three idiots who did it in the stadium which was 100 percent full, with some 35,000 fans, why should 47 million Ukrainians be punished?’ Am I wrong?”
Ukraine’s next 2014 World Cup qualifier is against Poland on October 11 in Kharkiv.
Ukraine and Montenegro are a point behind leaders England in Group H for next year’s World Cup finals in Brazil.