MOSCOW, February 24. /TASS/. Russia’s Interior Ministry called on football fans of Lokomotiv Moscow FC to behave decently at home match of their club against Turkey’s Fenerbahce FC in the Russian capital on Thursday night.
The second leg encounter of the UEFA Europa Cup’s Round of 32 between Lokomotiv and Fenerbahce will be held on February 25 at the Lokomotiv Stadium in Moscow starting at 7:00 p.m. Moscow time (16:00 GMT).
"We hope that besides expressing sincere support to your club in the game against opponents, you will be also able to display a law-abiding and adequate behavior and decently represent your club and your country," the ministry said in a statement obtained by TASS.
The ministry also said that illegal activities of Lokomotiv Moscow FC fans both at the stadium and in the streets of Moscow would inevitably result in negative consequences for wrongdoers as well as for the football club.
"[Wrongdoings] will have a negative impact on the global reputation of our country," the ministry added.
The first leg match between both clubs was held February 16 in Turkey’s Istanbul with hosts beating the club from Moscow 2-0. Both goals were scored by Fenerbahce’s defensive midfielder Souza in the 18th and 72nd minutes of the match.
Unprecedented security measures were observed before, during and after Wednesday’s match in Istanbul. Only a single incident was reported during the event, when Fenerbahce’s fans hurled rocks at a bus carrying Lokomotiv’s fans.
The incident took place before the match, when the bus arrived at the stadium, but Turkish police, which provided escort for Russian fans, promptly thwarted the assault and detained three fans of Fenerbahce football club.
However, UEFA later announced that it opened disciplinary proceedings against the Russian club after the game in the Turkish capital on charges of "improper conduct of Lokomotiv player Dmitry Tarasov after the match."
Following the final siren in the match, held at Sukru Saracoglu stadium in Istanbul last week, Russian club’s footballer Dmitry Tarasov took off his team’s jersey revealing a T-shirt with the picture of Putin captioned "The most polite president."
According to UEFA regulations, players "must not reveal undergarments that show political, religious, personal slogans, statements or images, or advertising other than the manufacturer logo".