Europa League

Dynamo Kiev-Valencia set for Cyprus

Violence has escalated in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev.
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UEFA have moved the Europa League last-32 clash between Dynamo Kiev and Valencia to a neutral stadium because of the ongoing trouble in Ukraine.

While the kick-off time remains the same (1900 local time), the tie will take place at the GSP Stadium in Nicosia, Cyprus.

UEFA had been monitoring the situation in Ukraine ahead of Thursday's match following almost three months of anti-government protests that have paralysed parts of the country's capital in a struggle over the identity of a nation divided in loyalties between Russia and the west.

The violence has recently escalated, with Ukrainian authorities saying 25 people have died and more than 240 have been injured during clashes between police and anti-government protesters since Tuesday.

Dynamo Kiev president Igor Surkis had attempted to allay fears for those travelling with the Spanish club and offered an assurance that the Olimpiyskiy stadium was ready to host Thursday's match before UEFA made their decision.

The Valencia squad were due to board a flight for Kiev on Wednesday afternoon but abandoned the trip after receiving confirmation from UEFA that the game has been relocated to Cyprus.

Valencia president Amadeo Salvo said in a statement on valenciacf.com: "According to a decision taken by UEFA, the match against FC Dynamo Kiev will be played this Thursday 20th February at 19:00 CET in Nicosia."

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