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Russian footballers face jail after ‘racist’ assault

first_imgOn Monday Krasnodar midfielder Mamaev and Zenit Saint Petersburg forward Kokorin attacked two Russian trade ministry officials in an upscale Moscow cafe.Video footage showed one of the officials, Denis Pak, an ethnic Korean, being hit with a chair while eating a meal.“They started to mock (Pak’s) ethnicity” and assaulted him when he made a critical comment, Pak’s lawyer Gennadiy Udunyan told Russian state television. “He has a concussion.”Before the cafe assault the footballers attacked the driver of a television host and damaged her Mercedes in a separate incident on Monday. The driver was hospitalised with injuries and a criminal probe was opened.Public outrage quickly snowballed into a public shaming campaign on national television, which even published a list of Russian footballers who were convicted in the past.The Russian Premier League condemned Mamaev and Kokorin, saying they should face “severe” punishment.“The Russian Premier League expresses its outrage and strongly condemns their (players’) rowdy behaviour,” it said in a statement.“This act not only casts a shadow over the glorious names of FC Zenit and FC Krasnodar but all of Russian football.“We believe that those responsible should be punished in the most severe way. There is no place for hooligans in football!”– ‘Disgusting behaviour’ –Kremlin-controlled state television featured a host of industry representatives and commentators angrily slamming the attack.“I think law enforcement agencies will qualify this as hooliganism and punishment for this is quite severe — up to five years in prison,” Igor Lebedev, a member of the Russian Football Union’s executive committee, said in televised remarks.Russian Premier League club Krasnodar pledged to do everything to terminate Mamaev’s contract, while Zenit said Kokorin’s role in the incident was “disgusting”.“We are currently looking into how to terminate a contract with the player,” FC Krasnodar said.The club said Mamaev, 30, would have to pay “the largest possible fine” and would be barred from training with the first team for the time being.“What we saw in the video is outrageous,” it added.FC Zenit said Kokorin, 27, would be disciplined pending the outcome of the police investigation.“Zenit management and fans feel nothing but disappointment that one of the country’s most talented footballers behaved in a disgusting manner,” the club said.– ‘This is racism’ –Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the Kremlin — “just like the whole country” — was aware of the incident and described the video as “rather unpleasant”.Sports commentator Dmitry Guberniev called the attack shameful.“This is racism against which FIFA wages an uncompromising fight,” he said in televised remarks.After the assault Pak and the other official, Sergei Gaisin, sought medical assistance before reporting the incident to the police.It is not the first time the players’ behaviour has raised eyebrows.Russia’s Football Union suspended the pair in July 2016 after a video emerged from a Monte Carlo nightclub where Mamaev and Kokorin allegedly spent $296,000 (258,000 euros) on a champagne-fuelled party following Euro 2016, where Russia flopped.Kokorin, who sat out this year’s World Cup with a knee injury, later apologised for his behaviour and was welcomed back into the national team.Mamaev last played for the national side at Euro 2016, when they finished bottom of their group.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Zenit Saint Petersburg have said they will discipline Alexander Kokorin (L) © AFP/File / OLGA MALTSEVAMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Oct 9 – Disgraced Russian football players Pavel Mamaev and Alexander Kokorin could face up to five years in prison for assaulting a government official at a Moscow cafe, in a case that sparked outrage in Russia on Tuesday.The assault by the players — both former Russian internationals who have courted controversy in the past — has prompted the interior ministry to open a criminal probe while the Kremlin described the incident as “unpleasant”.last_img read more

GAA NEWS: NAOMH ULTAN CLUB NOTES

first_imgAnnual Boxing Day Sponsored Swim – The club’s annual Boxing Day Sponsored Swim takes place Wednesday Dec 26th at Trabane beach, St. John’s Point. The event commences at 3pm sharp. All interested swimmers please contact John Boyle on 0872585857. Refreshments will be served after in MacLaughlin’s Point Bar. All support welcome.Club Positions – Managers to have their names in with Club Secretary the 31st of December 2012. The club is also currently seeking a Chairperson for Finance Committee for the oncoming year.  Royal Flush Draw – Royal Flush Draw results for the weekend of 09/12/2012 were 10, 14, 16 & 19. There was no winner. Consolation prizes went to Caroline Sweeney, Frosses, Danny Gallagher, Loughmult & John O’Shea, Castlefreane. Next week’s jackpot now stands at €5920. 25 Card Drive – The 25 card drive continues this Wednesday night. There will also be a table for ladies for any interested. It commences at it’s usual time of 8:30.pm.  Level 1 GAA Coaching Course – The club hope to hold a Level 1 GAA Coaching course in the clubhouse in January, anyone interested please text names on to club secretary Stephanie Kyles on 0876307570. Membership – Membership for the oncoming year can be paid as of now and up until the beginning of February. Please note how important membership is, it’s values were shown last year during the scramble for All-Ireland Tickets. €20 – General Membership, €50 – Senior/Reserve, €30 – Student/Unemployed, €20 – Minior, €15 – U16’s to U10’s and €50 – Family Membership. Also underage membership is €15 and the family membership is €50.GAA NEWS: NAOMH ULTAN CLUB NOTES was last modified: December 17th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Naomh Ultan Club Noteslast_img read more