Manchester City face 'farcical' empty ground - fanzine editor

By Emlyn BegleyBBC Sport
Dynamo Kiev's last home group game against Maccabi Tel Aviv was also behind closed doors
Dynamo Kiev's last home group game against Maccabi Tel Aviv was also played behind closed doors

Manchester City's Champions League tie at Dynamo Kiev should be played in a neutral venue, rather than impose a ban on fans, says a City fanzine editor.

Dynamo were told to play in an empty stadium after racist attacks on fans during a group game against Chelsea.

In 2014, City's match at CSKA Moscow was meant to be in an empty stadium, but 650 home fans turned up while away supporters were not allowed in.

King of the Kippax's Dave Wallace told BBC Sport it was "farcical".

City face Kiev in the last 16 of the Champions League, with the first leg in Ukraine on Wednesday, 24 February.

"Maybe it should be played at a neutral venue, that would make more sense," Wallace said.

"Should they even be allowed in European competition? You'd think Uefa would try to sort it out with the problems they are having."

City fans booed the Champions League anthem before a game against Sevilla this season and Uefa reviewed the case before deciding not to take action.

"CSKA fans got in and ours weren't allowed. This is why we boo the Champions League anthem, not because of financial fair play," he added.

"The ground won't be empty - there'll be a few hundred Kiev fans allowed in, but no City fans. It's totally disappointing. Some of our fans will go over but probably watch it in a local bar."