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FA reports flare incident to Fifa

Flares disrupt England defeat in Ukraine

Flares disrupt England defeat in Ukraine

The Football Association has included the flares incidents in its official report of the Ukraine-England match to world governing body Fifa.

Fifa will look at the report before deciding if any action is needed.

Seconds after the match at the Dnipro Stadium kicked off, fans behind Robert Green's goal lobbed several lit flares into the penalty area.

More were hurled after Andriy Shevchenko missed a penalty following Green's 16th-minute sending off.

A spokesman for the FA described the events as "unacceptable".

"We have spoken with the Fifa delegate and we will be submitting a report with regard to the missiles," said FA director of communications Adrian Bevington.

"It is not acceptable for any player to come under attack from sustained missile throwing and we will be forwarding that to Fifa in the next week."

After play was stopped twice in the first half to clear the flares from the pitch, BBC Radio 5 live reported an announcement was made at half-time warning fans that the game would be abandoned if any more were thrown.

Ukraine held out for a 1-0 win, which boosted their hopes of securing a place in the play-offs for the final 2010 World Cup berths.

England striker Wayne Rooney said the delays caused by the flare-throwing did not influence their performance.

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"What happened with the flares did not break our concentration at all," stated the Manchester United forward.

"It is a similar situation to when someone has gone down injured for a few minutes and play has to be stopped. You just get on with things."

Keeper James agreed and added: "They were big flares, granted, but you could argue that someone throwing a paper aeroplane on the pitch might take someone's eye out.

"It didn't detract from our performance."

Ukraine will co-host Euro 2012 with Poland and Uefa have played down concerns over using the country to stage the tournament following the events at the Dnipro Stadium.

"What's slightly different from the qualifiers to a finals tournament is that Uefa will take over the stadium," Uefa spokesman Rob Faulkner told 5 Live.

"We be fully responsible together with a local organising committee and local security for making sure security both inside and outside the stadium is very strict."

He continued: "We've delayed the final decision on the last cities in Ukraine to use as venues to see whether they are up to scratch or not. The Uefa executive committee will take that decision on 11/12 December.

"But things are moving quite well and positively. Kiev has been confirmed, not necessarily for the final, and it's just which of the other three cities will join them."



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