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FOOTBALL

Germany fined for firework-flinging fans

Germany is facing fresh disciplinary proceedings after fans set off and threw fireworks during the country's 2-1 Euro 2012 win over the Netherlands, UEFA said on Thursday, after fining the country for previous incidents.

Germany fined for firework-flinging fans
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“UEFA today confirms that it has opened disciplinary proceedings against the German Football Association (DFB) following last night’s UEFA Euro 2012 Group B match between Germany and the Netherlands in Kharkiv (Ukraine).

“The DFB is charged with the setting-off of fireworks and the throwing of missiles by supporters. The UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body will deal with the case on Monday 18 June,” European football’s governing body said on its website.

UEFA separately announced earlier that it had fined the DFB €10,000 after missiles were thrown onto the pitch during the country’s opening match with Portugal.

Portugal was fined €5,000 for a delayed kick-off to the second-half of the Group B match in Lviv, Ukraine, last Saturday. Germany won the match 1-0.

The fine imposed on the DFB is a fraction of the €120,000 imposed on Russia after its fans lit and threw fireworks during the game with the Czech Republic last Friday.

Potentially inflammatory “Russian Empire” flags were also spotted at the match in Wroclaw, southwest Poland, which Russia won 4-1. Russian fans were blamed for an attack that left four volunteer stadium stewards requiring hospital treatment.

UEFA threatened to deduct six points from Russia’s next European championship qualifying campaign if there were any repeat of the crowd trouble.

AFP/jcw

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UKRAINE

Macron, Scholz and Draghi meet Ukrainian president in Kyiv

French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi have met the Ukrainian president in Kyiv, after the trio travelled overnight by train from Poland.

Macron, Scholz and Draghi meet Ukrainian president in Kyiv

The three leaders left in the early hours of Thursday, arriving into Kyiv on Thursday morning. After a visit to the heavily-bombed town of Irpin, they met Ukraine’s leader Volodymyr Zelensky.

It is the first time that the leaders of the three European Union countries have visited Kyiv since Russia’s February 24th invasion of Ukraine, and the visit comes as Kyiv is pushing for membership of the EU.

Macron has been paying a two-day visit to Romania and Moldova to discuss the ongoing crisis caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

There had been widespread speculation in France that he would combine the trip with a visit to Zelensky in Ukraine, but this was not confirmed until Thursday morning.

In a joint press conference with Romanian president Klaus Iohannis, Macron reiterated his desire that Ukraine should win the war, but added that eventually negotiations between Ukraine and Russia will be necessary.

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