Ukraine striker Artem Besedin is facing a doping charge from UEFA, his club Dynamo Kiev have confirmed.

Besedin played throughout Dynamo's Europa League campaign as they finished third in Group B, behind Malmo and Copenhagen.

The 23-year-old also contributed as Ukraine qualified for Euro 2020, scoring his second international goal in a draw against Serbia last month.

Dynamo said in an official club statement they were informed on Thursday by UEFA of a possible violation of anti-doping rules.

"All of the nuances and circumstances are being clarified," the club's statement said. 

"Therefore, and in keeping with the requirement for confidentiality, Dynamo Kyiv cannot provide the football community with more detailed information until the relevant procedures are complete."

Besedin has scored eight league goals in 13 appearances this season, with Dynamo second behind Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine's Premier League.

Willian demanded "proper sanctions" be imposed on Dynamo Kiev after fellow Brazil international and former Shakhtar Donetsk team-mate Taison was racially abused by supporters in Sunday's Klasychne derby.

Taison led a Shakhtar counter-attack deep into the second half in Kharkiv before fouling Dynamo defender Artem Shabanov, to which the visiting fans in that corner of the stadium reacted with racist chants.

The forward reacted by showing his middle finger to those responsible and then booting the ball towards them, before referee Mykola Balakin ushered the teams off the pitch as per UEFA protocol, with Taison and fellow Brazilian Dentinho in tears.

Upon the teams' re-emergence a few minutes later, Balakin showed Taison a straight red card much to the former Metalist star's bemusement.

Shakhtar and their coach Luis Castro released strongly worded statements after the match and Willian – a former team-mate of Taison's at Shakhtar and with Brazil – urged the authorities to take "proper" action after the Ukrainian Premier League pledged to prosecute those identified as responsible.

Speaking ahead of Brazil's upcoming clash with Argentina, Willian said: "It's another sad episode for football.

Shakhtar Donetsk captain Taison was sent off for reacting to racist abuse from Dynamo Kiev fans by sticking his middle finger up in Sunday's 1-0 Klasychne derby win.

Brazil international Taison led a counter-attack in the 74th minute and the move came to an end when he tripped Dynamo defender Artem Shabanov.

From that corner of the stadium, Dynamo fans directed racist chants at the forward, to which he responded by kicking the ball into the stands and making a hand gesture.

While players from both sides urged those responsible to halt the abuse, referee Mykola Balakin led the teams off the pitch as per UEFA protocol, with Taison and Brazilian compatriot Dentinho in tears.

A message was read out over the public address system and the teams returned to the pitch in the 80th minute, as three Dynamo players again went over to discuss the situation with their supporters.

But before play resumed Balakin called Taison over and showed him a red card, with the former Metalist star – who has played in Ukraine for nearly a decade – looking perplexed.

Shakhtar coach Luis Castro did not conduct a post-match media conference as usual after the contest, instead releasing a statement slamming the Dynamo fans' actions.

"Today, my players have once again shown their character," the statement posted on Shakhtar's official website read. "They were showing the character throughout the game.

"At this moment, I want to support absolutely everyone suffering from racism and the guys who have suffered today.

"Any manifestations of racism are absolutely unacceptable. It was, is, and will be a disgrace to everyone. Together, we must fight it - every day, every minute, and every second."

A Shakhtar club statement echoed that sentiment, calling the actions of Dynamo fans "humiliating".

"Shakhtar categorically opposes any manifestations and forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, and any related intolerance," they said.

"There can be no justification of those who insult other people because of their skin colour, religious, or political beliefs.

"This kind of behaviour is unacceptable in any civilised countries and football leagues. UEFA imposes the toughest sanctions on the clubs and associations for their fans' racist behaviour in matches.

"Such humiliating incidents cause pain and disappointment to the large football family of FC Shakhtar.

"We condemn this kind of behaviour of the crowd. We will always voice support for and protect our players. We are calling on football authorities and clubs to stop racism in stadiums."

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