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England fans attacked in Ukraine

September 9, 2013
By ESPN staff

Three England supporters have been taken to hospital in Kiev after an alleged attack ahead of Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier against Ukraine.

Dynamo Kiev stadium
GettyImagesEngland will play Ukraine at the Dynamo Lobanovsky stadium in Kiev.

•  Ukraine in confident mood

Local reports suggest a group of travelling fans were targeted in a coffee shop by around 30 hooded Ukrainians armed with knives.

A spokesman for the Foreign Office said:  “We are aware of incidents in Kiev involving British nationals. We are providing consular assistance.”

The two sides also met at Euro 2012, a tournament which Ukraine co-hosted, but there were no reports of trouble.

Tottenham fans were targeted when they travelled to Rome for a Europa League game against Lazio last season and also when they played Lyon in the same campaign.

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.

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