Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

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Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

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- CITY'S Fernandinho is as disappointed as Blues fans that their Champions League round of 16 clash in Kiev will be played in an empty stadium.

The Brazilian spent eight years with Shakhtar Donetsk in the Ukrainian Premier League and is well used to the freezing temperatures.

And he has played in a stadium where fans have been banned before too.

Dynamo were hit with the sanction - which covers the clash with City in February - because of racist chanting from their supporters.

Blues fans have called on UEFA to lift the ban on travelling supporters.

And Fernandinho said: "I think the fact we are playing in Kiev in an empty stadium is a shame.

"I've played a few times in stadiums where the fans have been banned and it's just not the same.

"We need to concentrate and focus on the job on the night.

"Most of us have been professionals for 10 years or more and always play in front of good crowds, so to walk out to an empty, silent stadium is tough. …

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