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Dynamo Kiev v Valencia match moved due to Ukraine protests

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The Europa League tie involving Dynamo Kiev and Valencia has been relocated due to civil unrest in Ukraine.

Kiev has been the centre of violent anti-government protests which have seen 26 people killed and at least 140 injured.

The match will instead be played in Nicosia, Cypus at the GSP Stadium. The ground plays home to the Cypus national team as well as Apoel, who took part in the group stages of the Europa League this season.

Valencia president Amadeo Salvo feels that moving the match out of Ukraine was the best thing to do.

"It was very difficult to play in Kiev," he commented. "We provided security but there are many contingencies that cannot be controlled and it is best to play on a neutral field."

Tensions have been rising for months over Ukraine's national identity, with allegiances split between Russia and the Western world.

This boiled over in mid-January, when the government announced anti-protest laws prohibiting the freedom of speech and the right to protest.

Since, demonstrators have been locked in battle with the police, making most areas in the capital dangerous for football supporters.

Also due to play in Ukraine are Tottenham, who face FC Dnipro. The club is located in Dnipropetrovsk, over 200 miles away from Kiev, but the protests could put Tottenham fans travelling though the capital at risk.

Spurs have urged their fans to proceed with caution when travelling through Ukraine in a statement, which reads: "It has been widely publicised recently that the political situation in Ukraine has led to many demonstrations; particularly in the city of Kiev and those fans that are travelling via Kiev should take extra care.

"You should avoid all demonstrations and public gatherings as even peaceful protests can be unpredictable.

"We are aware that a number of our fans will travel to Dnipropetrovsk via Kiev and you should take extra care when in public areas and if travelling by train, keep all your belongings together and in sight at all times."


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