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Spartak Moscow fans burned posters of modern Turkey's founding father, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, during yesterday’s first-leg Champions League qualifier against Istanbul's Fenerbahçe, daily Hürriyet reported today.
 
Turkish flags were also burned by the Spartak fans, according to a report penned by an observer from European football’s governing body, UEFA.
 
An official response is yet to come from UEFA, but Russian media reports hinted at a possible end to Spartak's Champions League journey if the team ends up being disqualified.
 
Spartak was handed a 75,000-euro fine and a one-match stadium ban two years ago following conflicts during a Champions League match against Slovakia’s MSK Zilina.

August/22/2012

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Mehmet Turk

8/23/2012 7:06:39 PM

Lets see what happens if they try similar tactics on the return leg in Istanbul. My guess is these heroic Russian warriors will be cowering, shivering and trembling behind a barbed wire fence and that's only if they dare show up at all. Low class fools.

jonny duncombe

8/23/2012 7:03:27 PM

kemal Ataturk the founder of the great turkish nation......destroying and burning his image!!!!! İn the name of football .thıs sport is nothing but trouble...rich players stupid suporters. İt is just a game,the great man founded the greatest nation ,behold all !!!

Mark Mark

8/23/2012 3:45:47 PM

Why all the fuss? why is this racist? why in the free world can you not disgrace a national icon? why cannot you not burn another nations flag? Let UEFA sort it out, not some bone head vigilantes.

The Prisoner

8/23/2012 1:08:59 PM

Burn the ruski flag and stone a few ruski tourists. SIMPLE!

Ed Diaz

8/22/2012 10:30:11 PM

Now you are right, I hope that you will still be right after the next match, but I'm sure some Russians will die in Istanbul... so you will be wrong because of it...

dogan kemal ileri

8/22/2012 9:07:04 PM

We will let football do the talking but UEFA must look into this racist club and its supporters.

Johanna Dew

8/22/2012 7:59:01 PM

You don't disgrace a national icon. Period.

Ismail Hijazi

8/22/2012 7:33:07 PM

What do you expect from a nation who has a someone like Putin as it's leader!! If they ever had a real leader like Ataturk maybe they would have learned good manners at least.

jeffrey Jeffrey

8/22/2012 6:26:48 PM

If Russia had had a leader like Kemal Ataturk instead of leaders like Lenin and Stalin, they would not have had such a torturous past. This seems like spite and envy at its worst. Kemal Ataturk would have risen above the provocation. Hopefully turks will too.

Murat

8/22/2012 5:50:46 PM

Best answer is a net full of goals.
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