Ukraine face £45k fine and behind closed doors threat over fans behaviour against England

Ukraine expect to be fined £45,000 over the behaviour of their fans during the World Cup qualifier against England in Dnipropetrovsk.

England complained to FIFA after the game was twice disrupted by flares thrown on to  the pitch, with one striking goalkeeper David James.

The Eastern European nation is under scrutiny as the co-host of Euro 2012 with Poland, and the Ukraine FA have been warned they face stiffer sanctions if there is a repeat of the fans' bad behaviour.

England goalkeeper David James stands amongst flares that have been thrown onto the pitch during the FIFA World Cup Qualifying match at the Dnipro Arena in Ukraine

Backlash: The FA made complaints over unruly Ukraine fans behaviour in October

FIFA could ban the use of the Dnipro Arena for future matches - the local area has some of the most notorious fans in the country - or even demand that Ukraine play behind closed doors.


The sanctions over the match in October, which Ukraine won 1-0, are yet to be confirmed.

However, Ukraine FA vice-president Serhiy Storozhenko said he had already been informed of the fine and warning.

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