Ukraine`s Karpaty Lviv fined

13:08, 19 April 2006
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Over anti-Semitic chants.

Second division side Karpaty Lviv were fined $5,000 on Tuesday in connection with anti-Semitic chants by their fans at a Ukrainian Cup semi-final match against Premier League side Dynamo Kiev last week, according to Reuters.

Officials from the Ukrainian Professional Soccer League (PFL) told the country`s media that the fine had been imposed against the side for "unethical chants" towards Dynamo Kiev coach Igor Surkis.

Media reports said fans who came to Kiev`s Olympic Stadium from the western city of Lviv in groups organised by Karpaty had repeatedly chanted "Surkis is a yid" during the semi-final, won by Dynamo 1-0. The League said the fine was imposed for a failure to work properly with its fan clubs.

Dynamo won the semi-final 3-0 on aggregate against longshots Karpaty and now take on Metalurg Zaporizha in the cup final next month.

Surkis does not conceal his Jewish background and nor does his brother Grigory, who heads Ukraine`s Soccer Federation.

Ukraine had a troubled history of anti-Semitism during the tsarist and communist eras, but post-Soviet authorities have made a determined effort to stamp it out.

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