On the weekend, some Dynamo Kiev fans were clad in white and wore what appeared to be Ku Klux Klan (KKK) headgears bearing swastikas to the home game against rivals Shakhtar Donetsk.
The Dynamo ultras, as the radical fans are called, rallied those who were attending the game to dress in white – calling the action “white frenzy,” according to Ria Novosti. This action was aimed at antagonizing the black players in Shakhtar's squad. Some ultras wore white masks and others completely bandaged their faces. The costumes were similar to traditional KKK dress, characterized by white hoods with eyeholes and masks adorned with hand-drawn swastikas.
Both sets of fans lit flares and threw them at fellow spectators during the encounter. Ukrainian journalist Oleksii Bratushchak, in his report for Ukrainska Pravda, accused the ultras of planning the disorder after match organizers made pleas to fans to refrain from instigating provocation or bringing pyrotechnics to the stadium due to the presence of a UEFA inspector.
The inspector was in attendance to assess the readiness of the club’s Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex stadium to host the 2018 UEFA Champions League final.
Dynamo fans of the club are known to carry out racially charged offenses. In 2015, fans of the club were filmed brutally attacking four black supporters in the stands during a home Champions League match with English Premier League side Chelsea. Two years before that incident, photographs surfaced showing fans posing in KKK outfits with a Confederate flag in front of the Shakhtar team bus.
Dynamo lost Saturday’s game against Shakhtar 0-1, and remain 14 points behind the Ukrainian Premier League leaders in the second spot.