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Russian football club punished over fan hitting football player

May 14, 2014, 16:47 UTC+3
Zenit FC was subjected to a set of penalties, which envisage two home matches for the club in front of empty spectators’ stands, three more home matches with closed fans stands, a one million rubles fine (some $28,800) and a 0-3 technical defeat against Dynamo
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© ITAR-TASS/Ruslan Shamukov
© ITAR-TASS/Ruslan Shamukov
© ITAR-TASS/Ruslan Shamukov
© ITAR-TASS/Ruslan Shamukov
© ITAR-TASS/Ruslan Shamukov
© ITAR-TASS/Ruslan Shamukov

MOSCOW, May 14. /ITAR-TASS/. Disciplinary authorities of Russia’s football governing body imposed a set of penalties on Zenit St. Petersburg FC for failing to prevent fans’ outrage during the club’s home game against Dynamo Moscow FC on Sunday.

Dozens of home club’s supporters rushed to the pitch of the Petrovsky Stadium on the 87th minute of the match on May 11 attacking players as Zenit was losing 2-4. One of the fans punched in the head Dynamo captain Vladimir Granat, who was later hospitalized and diagnosed with concussion.

Artur Grigoryants, the head of the Russian Football Union’s disciplinary committee, said Zenit FC was subjected to a set of penalties, which envisage two home matches for the club in front of empty spectators’ stands, three more home matches with closed fans stands, a one million rubles fine (some $28,800) and a 0-3 technical defeat against Dynamo on Sunday.

“Zenit representatives admitted that they had failed to provide security during the match,” Grigoryants said. “There were a total of 740 policemen providing security at the match. However, policemen appeared in the pitch only after the fans, who earlier broke through the barriers, already returned to their stands.”

The financial penalty of one million rubles includes the fine of 700,000 rubles for the club’s failure to provide security during the match and 300,000 rubles fine for flares used by the club’s fans.

Zenit head coach Andre Villas-Boas was also subjected to a financial penalty and was fined 30,000 rubles for leaving his technical area during the match.

Grigoryants said the match could have been resumed after the fans flocked to the pitch if not for the assault on Dynamo’s Granat.

The fan, who attacked Dynamo’s defender, was identified as Alexei Nesterov, 45, known among football fans under the nickname of ‘Gulliver.’ He still remains at large after the Sunday match.

The football official also said that fans managed to smuggle about 80 flares to the stadium on Sunday.

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