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Ukraine's season run-in behind closed doors

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Football matches in the top two divisions of Ukraine will go ahead without supporters as the government attempts to prevent politically-motivated violence that has marred some recent games.

Last week violence swept through the city of Odessa when pro-Ukraine and pro Russia militants clashed before a match between Odessa and Kharkiv.

The altercations led to over 40 deaths.

On top of the supporter ban, matches that were supposed to take place in the volatile east of the country, Odessa, Kharkiv, Donestk and Lugansk will be moved to other areas of the country.

The country’s Football Federation has also confirmed that the national cup final between Shakhtar Donetsk and Dynamo Kyiv on 15 May in Kharkiv would be moved to a different city.