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Euro 2016: Defender Artem Fedetskiyr denies reports of Ukraine players smoking, drinking

Paris: Defender Artem Fedetskiy has denied a newspaper story that Ukraine left cigarette butts and beer cans in their dressing room following their Euro 2016 loss to Germany.

Ukraine defender Artem Fedetskiyr
Ukraine defender Artem Fedetskiyr

The German newspaper Bild has published an article, which is accompanied by pictures, detailing what it claims are the two dressing rooms following Sunday's match in Lille.

"I was in the changing room, please believe me, there was nothing like that," the 31-year-old said. "We are a normal team. We have no players who drink beer. I think the information is wrong. I'm not really interested in it because I know my players, I know my team-mates and nothing happened like that. Maybe someone wants to provoke us.

"Please believe me, we are a very disciplined team. We behave in a civilised way, not only in Ukraine but also in other countries. You can look for the DNA from the cigarettes!"

Both Northern Ireland and Ukraine lost their opening fixtures at the weekend, meaning Thursday's Group C game has huge implications for the two nations' qualification hopes.

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