FCKs Andreas Cornelius (right) and the rest of his club can't get to Ukraine. Photo: Henning Bagger/Scanpix
FC Copenhagen (FCK) is trying to fight its way into the Champions League playoffs, but security concerns in Ukraine have left the club in limbo.
FCK is supposed to play Ukrainian side FC Dnipro on July 29th in Dnipropetrovsk, a town just some 300 kilometres from where a Malaysian Airlines flight was shot down last week, killing all 298 on board.
FCK has requested that governing body Uefa move the match to a neutral location, saying that it simply cannot make the trip to Ukraine.
“We have provided documentation to Uefa that emphasises that none of the charter companies that operate in Scandinavia will fly us there. Likewise, there are no commercial carriers flying from Scandinavia to that city,” FCK spokesman Daniel Rommedahl told BT. “So regardless of how safe Uefa says it is, it is simply not possible to get down there.”
The Danish Football Association supports FCK’s request to have the match moved.
"We support FC Copenhagen 100 percent in this case and there is no doubt that the DBU is very concerned that UEFA would send a Danish club team to a country, and a region, where very few airlines will even fly to," DBU president Jesper Møller said in a statement on Monday.