Rus­sia ar­rests pro­fes­sional soc­cer play­ers over vi­o­lent at­tacks

Tehran Times - - WORLD SPORTS -

A Moscow court or­dered the ar­rest of Rus­sian soc­cer in­ter­na­tion­als Alexan­der Koko­rin and Pavel Ma­mayev late on Thurs­day af­ter they were charged over vi­o­lent at­tacks in cen­tral Moscow.

Zenit St Peters­burg for­ward Koko­rin and Krasnodar mid­fielder Ma­mayev could face jail and will be held in cus­tody for two months over the at­tacks cap­tured on CCTV on Oct. 8.

Footage cir­cu­lated widely by Rus­sian me­dia shows a man be­ing kicked and punched by a group of peo­ple and an­other in­ci­dent in which two civil ser­vants ap­peared to be as­saulted in a cafe. The two foot­ballers were present at both in­ci­dents.

The court also or­dered Koko­rin’s younger brother, Kir­ill, be held for two months.

The three men have been charged with hooli­gan­ism, the court said, which car­ries a jail term of up to seven years.

Koko­rin told the court he re­pented and apol­o­gised to one of the vic­tims, but the court re­jected his lawyer’s re­quest to re­lease him pend­ing trial, RIA news agency re­ported.

The soc­cer play­ers also face pos­si­ble sanc­tions from their clubs. Koko­rin has 48 caps for Rus­sia but missed this year’s World Cup in his home coun­try with a knee in­jury. Ma­mayev has rep­re­sented the na­tional team 15 times but also was not in­cluded on the world cup squad.

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