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The Turkish hacker group named Ayyıldız (Moonstar), which had attacked FC Spartak Moscow’s official website—after Yerkramas newspaper of the Russian Armenians had ran an article entitled “Spartak fans will wave Armenia’s and Artsakh’s [Nagorno-Karabakh Republic] flags in Istanbul”—had threatened to break into Armenian state agency websites, too.

The group had stated that it was decided to attack the websites of Armenia’s General Staff of the Armed Forces and the country’s other state agencies, if Spartak fans carry out provocations in the match to be played in Istanbul between Fenerbahce S.K. of Istanbul and FC Spartak Moscow, Yenisafak daily of Turkey reports.   

The UEFA Champions League qualifications second-leg match between the two clubs was played Wednesday under very tight security and no serious incidents were recorded.      

As Sport informed earlier, Turkish hackers broke into FC Spartak Moscow’s official website, on the evening of August 22, and the website is down ever since. The hackers attacked the website on Monday, too.  

The portrait of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk—founder of the Rep. of Turkey—appeared on the website’s homepage on August 22, and with the following inscription: “Immediately apologize to the Turkish nation! FIFA [International Federation of Association Football] did not heed this fact, but we will not leave this crime unpunished.”

To note, during the UEFA Champions League qualifications first-leg match played on August 21 in Moscow, and between FC Spartak Moscow and Fenerbahce S.K. of Istanbul, Turkey—which ended by a score of 2-1 in favor of the host club—the Spartak fans in the stands had burned posters with the portrait of Ataturk.

Also, it became apparent that the Russian fans had attacked the Turkish football fans in the Russian capital, even before the match. Close to twenty Spartak fans had attacked twelve Fenerbahce fans in a downtown Moscow bar.

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