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Old Nov 25th 2011, 06:19 PM
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Apoel Nicosia first Cypriots in last 16 after Zenit St Petersburg draw


The German referee Felix Brych stopped the Group G match between Zenit St Petersburg and Apoel Nicosia twice after the pitch was enveloped by thick smoke from flares lit by the Russian supporters. Photograph: Anatoly Maltsev/EPA



Apoel Nicosia became the first team from Cyprus to reach the Champions League knockout stage after holding Zenit St Petersburg to a 0-0 draw in a scrappy Group G match.
The Cypriot champions continued their dream run by withstanding a furious onslaught from the home side to collect the point they needed to secure their passage into the last 16 with a game to spare.
Their Serbian coach Ivan Jovanovic hailed his team's achievement. "This is a fantastic result for our team. Of course, we're a small team compared to many European giants but we have a big heart," he said. "We have good players who try hard every single game and they also have a great desire to achieve something really important. I think these factors have been the key to our success on the pitch."
The German referee Felix Brych was forced to halt the game for several minutes late in the first half, after Zenit supporters lit flares and the pitch became enveloped with thick smoke. The match was interrupted again shortly after the interval for the same reason and Brych decided to continue only after Zenit's Italian coach Luciano Spalletti and the midfielder Roman Shirokov appealed to the fans to stop their fireworks.
"The ref had told us that if this was to happen again he would cancel the game and we would get a technical 3-0 defeat," Shirokov told the Russian television station, NTV Plus. "I tried to explain that to the fans but my pleas were falling on deaf ears. They are real idiots, what else can you say?
"As for the game, APOEL defended really well. They were very compact at the back. We tried to break their defence with quick passes but the [soggy] pitch didn't help us."
After the smoke had cleared, the home side kept on pushing forward in search of a goal, but the delay seemed to disrupt their flow.
Zenit, missing their injured striker Alexander Kerzhakov, the leading scorer in the Russian league this season, wasted numerous chances, Shirokov and lanky forward Alexander Bukharov being the biggest culprits.
Shirokov missed twice with the goal at his mercy and Bukharov headed against the bar midway through the second half. With the influential Portugal playmaker Danny struggling to shake off a knee injury, the Russian champions were missing that decisive final pass.
At the other end, the visitors rarely threatened the Zenit keeper Vyacheslav Malafeyev, and their lone Brazilian striker Ailton was substituted midway through the second half.
The referee added more than 10 minutes of stoppage time because of the delays but the Cypriots held on to extend their run of not conceding more than one goal to 17 European games.


http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2...ampions-league

Well, Zenit fans are even scarrier then Spartak fans here in Moscow. Smoke is one thing, but:

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Saint Petersburg police have arrested a Zenit fan who threatened to blow up the local office of the NTV Plus television channel.
*The irate man called NTV headquarters in Moscow on November 23 not long before the kickoff of Zenitís match against visitors from Cypriot side APOEL in the UEFA Champions League.
The football lover was outraged by the fact that the TV company which owns the broadcast rights to the Champions League in Russia did not show the game live on its free federal channel.
Instead, coverage was only available to viewers of the pay-to-view NTV Plus satellite channel.
At the end of the conversation, the fan promised to blow up the regional office of NTV Plus in Saint Petersburg.
The telephone terrorist was immediately detained under Article 207 of the Russian Criminal Code Ė intentionally providing false information concerning an act of terrorism.
The police have not revealed the manís identity.
As for the match he was so keen to watch, it ended in a 0-0 draw and was marred by the thuggish behavior of Zenit supporters who disrupted play by setting off smoke bombs.
http://rt.com/sport/football/zenit-n...ons-apoel-127/

Well, UEFA may ban Zenit fans from the teams next 3 matches, at least
http://www.vz.ru/news/2011/11/24/541131.html

Frankly, that is a good thing. As far as smoke bombs, the football hooligans here love them and throw them around along with firecrackers, with no regard for health or safety of others

The fans unions even vocally protested when the authorities tried to ban pyrotechnics from stadiums

"We burned! We burn! We will burn!"

You know... Maybe it is bad to be nostalgic for the Soviet times, but at least back then one could safely and comfortably go to a football match, with one's family, with one's children. There was cheering at stadiums, but there were no brawls, no firework missiles and smoke bombs hurled around, no bottles, chairs, and other items flying around...
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Old Nov 25th 2011, 09:27 PM
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http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2...ampions-league

Well, Zenit fans are even scarrier then Spartak fans here in Moscow. Smoke is one thing, but:



http://rt.com/sport/football/zenit-n...ons-apoel-127/

Well, UEFA may ban Zenit fans from the teams next 3 matches, at least
http://www.vz.ru/news/2011/11/24/541131.html

Frankly, that is a good thing. As far as smoke bombs, the football hooligans here love them and throw them around along with firecrackers, with no regard for health or safety of others

The fans unions even vocally protested when the authorities tried to ban pyrotechnics from stadiums

"We burned! We burn! We will burn!"

You know... Maybe it is bad to be nostalgic for the Soviet times, but at least back then one could safely and comfortably go to a football match, with one's family, with one's children. There was cheering at stadiums, but there were no brawls, no firework missiles and smoke bombs hurled around, no bottles, chairs, and other items flying around...
Sounds like Russia is tasting parts of democracy that are unpalatable to anyone with anything to lose. .
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Old Nov 26th 2011, 01:40 PM
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http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2...ampions-league

Well, Zenit fans are even scarrier then Spartak fans here in Moscow. Smoke is one thing, but:



http://rt.com/sport/football/zenit-n...ons-apoel-127/

Well, UEFA may ban Zenit fans from the teams next 3 matches, at least
http://www.vz.ru/news/2011/11/24/541131.html

Frankly, that is a good thing. As far as smoke bombs, the football hooligans here love them and throw them around along with firecrackers, with no regard for health or safety of others

The fans unions even vocally protested when the authorities tried to ban pyrotechnics from stadiums

"We burned! We burn! We will burn!"

You know... Maybe it is bad to be nostalgic for the Soviet times, but at least back then one could safely and comfortably go to a football match, with one's family, with one's children. There was cheering at stadiums, but there were no brawls, no firework missiles and smoke bombs hurled around, no bottles, chairs, and other items flying around...
It looks like they go overboard, but I do have to say, I first saw the use of flares at a Peru-Bolivia game (which I was fortunate enough to get to watch from a box). The super-fan end had a number of flares being passed around. It certainly lends to the fun and ambiance if it doesn't get off the chain.
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Old Nov 30th 2011, 09:14 PM
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Published: 01 December, 2011, 02:14



Zenit fans burning the flag of Cyprus during a UEFA Champions League clash against Cypriot side APOEL. (RIA Novosti / Aleksey Danichev)

TAGS: Scandal, Champions League, Football, Zenit

Zenit Saint Petersburg may face disqualification from the UEFA Champions League for the outrageous behavior of their fans during a home clash against APOEL.
*The St Pete side’s supporters disrupted play by setting off smoke bombs on two occasions on November 23, with the referee even thinking about cancelling the encounter.
European football’s governing body UEFA have started a disciplinary case against Zenit, with the ruling to be announced on December 9.

“Now it is impossible to predict how severe the sanctions against Zenit will be,”
a source in UEFA’s press service told RIA Novosti news agency. “The Disciplinary Committee will be guided by the relevant clauses of the UEFA’s disciplinary regulations in making their decision.”
The punishment may vary from a huge fine to disqualification from European football till the end of the 2011/12 season.
It’s worth noting that UEFA have been keeping a close eye on Zenit after racist outbursts from the Russian team’s fans during UEFA Cup matches against Marseille back in 2008.
Zenit currently sit second in their Champions League Group G with one game still to play. The St Pete side need at least a draw at Porto on the final matchday to progress to the knockout stages of Europe’s top club competition.
http://rt.com/sport/football/zenit-a...champions-603/

By the way, as the comments to the article say, yes, that is the Turkish Cypriot flag. APOEL is, as far as I know, a Greek Cypriot team.

I am not sure if this was a anti-Muslim gesture of the Zenit fans (who are known to associate with far right radical groups) or simply an indication of their ignorance lol
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