"I don't support it and I apologize, but..." Lucescu commented on the reaction of Dynamo players to the provocations of Aris fans
The head coach of Dynamo Kyiv Mircea Lucescu called the fans of Greek Aris provocateurs after their antics during the matches between the teams in the third qualifying round of the Conference League. Commenting on his players' reaction to the penalty shootout victory in the return leg, when the Ukrainian players started gesticulating at the opposing fans, the Romanian specialist said he feels bad about the incident.
Lucescu said this at a press conference after the game in Bucharest, the official website of Dynamo reports. The coach noted that his charges could not but react to the insulting banners addressed to the AFU soldiers, which Greek fans put up during the first meeting of the teams in Thessaloniki.
"Did you see what banners the Greek fans put up at the first match? They were directed against Ukraine. I could not stop our players. I do not support this and I apologize, but you must understand our players. They saw the banners of Aris fans against Ukraine, against the military. I certainly cannot agree with some of the gestures. I hope that this will not happen again in the future. I did not expect such a thing. But the reaction of our players was a consequence of the way Aris fans behaved," Lucescu said.
It should be noted that fans of the Greek team started chanting the name of Kremlin dictator Vladimir Putin immediately after the penalty shootout ended. Aris coach Apostolos Terzis called Dynamo players' reaction to the fans' provocative shouts shameful.
As OBOZREVATEL reported, Dynamo head coach Mircea Lucescu revealed that the Russians killed the brother of one of the team's players before the match with Aris. In addition, the coach spoke harshly about the Greek fans.