FC Copenhagen fans were attacked by supporters of opposing club Dnipro during the two teams’ Champions League qualifying match on Wednesday night in Kiev.
A Dnipro fan told a Ukrainian broadcaster that the FCK fans instigated the incident by waving a Russian flag.
“It was some sort of provocation. The Danish fans demonstrated the flag of the neighbouring country, that is why we saw the brawl,” the fan, who gave his name as Vlad said, according to the Daily Mail.
The FC Copenhagen fans sought refuge under the stands and the incident delayed the start of the second half by 15 minutes. TV2 estimated that there were roughly 30 FCK fans in attendance.
FC Copenhagen has filed an official complaint about the incident to governing body Uefa.
Away from the action in the stands, the play on the pitch resulted in a 0-0 tie. The two teams will meet again in Copenhagen next week.
Wednesday’s match in Kiev was moved from its original location in Dnipropetrovsk, some 300 kilometres from the site where a Malaysia Airlines passenger flight was shot down, after FC Copenhagen told Uefa that it could not find an airline to take the team to the area.