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Russian volleyball federation to lodge complaint after insulting incident in Turkey

March 30, 15:57 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Turkish fans reportedly threw garbage and other objects at Russian volleyball players after home team’s 3-2 victory over the guests
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MOSCOW, March 30. /TASS/. The Russian Volleyball Federation (RVF) will submit a complaint with the Disciplinary Committee of the European Volleyball Confederation (CEV) over an incident during an away match of Russia’s Dinamo Krasnodar club against Turkey’s Galatasaray on Tuesday, the RVF president told TASS on Wednesday.

The first leg match of the CEV Volleyball Cup - Women’s Finals between 2015 gold medalists Dinamo Krasnodar and Galatasaray Daikin in Istanbul on Tuesday night was marred by misconduct of Turkish fans, who reportedly threw garbage and other objects at Russian volleyball players after home team’s 3-2 victory over the guests.

Russian team’s Tatiana Kosheleva also announced after the match that Galatasaray’s head coach was allegedly showing a middle finger to her and the team’s staff several times during the game.

"We will definitely report to the CEV about the incident," RVF President Stanislav Shevchenko said in an interview with TASS. "We have video recordings of everything."

"Our teams played away matches in Turkey, including the Russian national team, Zenit Kazan and Dinamo Moscow, and we have established work contacts with the Turkish Federation of Volleyball. The hosting side had always provided all the necessary conditions regarding security," he said.

"However, the match of the Dinamo Krasnodar was wrapped up with an unpleasant ending and inadequate fans spoiled all good impressions from the game," Shevchenko said.

"All we have to do now is to concentrate on the return match," the RVF president said. "I do believe that our fans will not allow themselves such behavior in response. Such incidents in Turkey are very frequent."

"We need to ask also the head coach of Galatasaray why he had behaved that way," Shevchenko said. "We will definitely turn to the CEV Disciplinary Committee providing them with all facts."

The second-leg match of the CEV Volleyball Cup - Women’s Finals between Dinamo and Galatasaray is scheduled to be held in the Russian southern city of Krasnodar on April 2.

The press service of the Dinamo Krasnodar club told TASS that Cossack patrol groups would be assisting law enforcers on Saturday in Krasnodar to provide security during the second leg match between the Turkish and Russian women’s volleyball clubs.

"Security measures will be enhanced," the club’s press service announced. "It will be a high level match and we also have to take into account yesterday’s incident. Security will be provided by Cossack patrol groups jointly with law enforcement bodies."

"It is worth stressing that our [Russian] fans will not behave this way. We are hospitable people," the press service added.

News on the incident during the volleyball match in Istanbul on Tuesday also reached the Russian authorities and on Wednesday Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the Kremlin would "keep a close eye on the situation."

"If something like that really did take place, although it is very hard to believe, because such behavior is certainly unseemly, then yes, there is a possibility of an official reaction," Peskov said.

Relations between Russia and Turkey had been strained since late last year. They soured after an F-16 fighter jet from the Turkish Air Force shot down on November 24 a Russian Su-24M bomber, which was on anti-terrorism mission over Syria. Ankara claims the Su-24M bomber violated the Turkish air space in the area of the border with Syria, while Moscow maintains that the Su-24M plane stayed exclusively over the Syrian territory.

On November 28, the Russian president signed a decree on measure to ensure Russia’s national security and protect Russian citizens from criminal and other illegal actions and on the use of special economic measures in respect of Turkey.

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