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Travel and Safety Concerns Plague Europa League Second Leg

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Many fans travelling with Lufthansa Airlines to get to Everton's match against Dynamo Kiev were left without flights due to an ongoing strike. 750 flights set to leave on Wednesday were cancelled, leaving many supporters without a way to travel to the match.

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, one fan voiced his disappointment in the travel issues.

We’ll probably get a refund on the flights but it’s not just that, it’s the fact we travel to watch Everton everywhere, and it’s more than likely we’re not going to be able to go now. It’s so frustrating.

It's certainly a shame for fans who were looking to travel to the game and as anyone who has flown before can tell you, it's almost impossible to get a flight at the last minute. However, some of those fans may be fortunate in some regards, especially with concerns over Dyanmo Kiev's supporters.

To start, there was trouble in Dynamo Kiev's match-up against French side Guingamp, in which the match had to be ended early due to trouble with the crowd. Fans were fighting amongst themselves and Guingamp supporters were forced to leave early due to the mayhem.

West Brom striker Brown Ideye even spoke out regarding the safety concerns he had while playing in Kiev. The striker said that he needed to have a bodyguard with him at all times and did not feel safe in the Ukrainian city. The British Government even published a travel advisory for those going to the match.

Sadly this is the nature of the world we live in today, especially when traveling to a country facing serious difficulties. Hopefully all Everton supporters travelling to the match will be able to stay safe and enjoy the game.