The Champions, Dynamo Kiev, passed up on the chance of another league and cup double at the weekend, when they rested their first team prior to tonight's Champions' League game with Manchester United.
Ukraine's top club decided to field a second team in the second round of the Ukrainian Cup on Saturday. Despite being way under strength, Dynamo still held the Second Division side Spartak Sumy to a 0-0 draw after full-time. But they fell short during the penalty shoot-out, losing 4-2 to Spartak.
Shakhtar Donetsk, who also face Premiership opposition in the Champions' League, at Arsenal tomorrow, eased their way to a 3-0 win over another Second Division side, Polygrafteknika Aleksandria.
The Peruvian champions, Universitario de Deportes, have been banned from international competition until 2002 after ignoring sanctions imposed on their club president for match-fixing.
The penalty, imposed by world football's governing body Fifa, will prevent Universitario from taking part in the Libertadores Cup, South America's biggest club tournament. The ban stays in force for as long as the president, Alfredo Gonzalez, is in control of the club. The Peruvian Federation suspended Gonzalez in 1998 for four years.
After a weekend of violence, Israel's Football Association chairman, Gavri Levy, has threatened to shut down the national league.
Levy has called a meeting of all Premier League club chairmen for tomorrow after two serious incidents at the weekend. On Saturday outside Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv's stadium, Hapoel Petah Tikva's chairman Danny Levy - no relation of Gavri - and his daughter were attacked by a mob who threw rocks and bricks at his car. Levy was slightly hurt, but his 19-year-old daughter, Liron, lost consciousness and had to be taken to hospital.
The following day graffiti was discovered on the walls of the house of Moshe Teomim, the chairman of Hapoel Tel Aviv, who were due to play Betar Jerusalem yesterday. It read: "We'll kill you like we killed Rabin," a reference to the murder of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995.
Matches between Betar and Hapoel Tel Aviv have always had high political undertones, with the Jerusalem club being strongly associated with the right-wing Likud party, and the Tel Aviv team having strong links with the Labour movement, the party of Prime Minister Ehud Barak.
Gavri Levy said: "This situation cannot be allowed to continue, we could easily end up with a tragedy on our hands. We will not hesitate in taking strong measures and closing down grounds if necessary."
The sports minister, Matan Vilnai, said: "All parties concerned must join forces for an all-out war against violence."Reuse content