MOSCOW, August 3. /TASS/. The Moscow City Court ruled on Monday to acquit Russian football player Pavel Mamaev of hooliganism charges and to reduce his earlier court sentence, imposed over a series of fighting incidents in downtown Moscow in late 2018, to 12 months of the correctional labor.
The court also ruled to uphold the guilty verdict of 1.5 years behind bars for Russian footballer Alexander Kokorin, who was found guilty of going on the brawl rampage in Moscow in late 2018 together with Mamaev.
"After hearing arguments of both sides, the Court ruled to uphold the ruling of the lower court instance in regard to Alexander Kokorin, upholding the previous ruling as legitimate…, and finding no grounds to revise it," the judge stated in his verdict after hearing an appeal from Kokorin’s lawyers on Monday.
Footballers Alexander Kokorin and Pavel Mamaev, who were sentenced behind the bars last year on charges of battery and hooliganism, were released on parole on September 17, 2019.
On May 8, 2019 Moscow's Presnensky Court found former Zenit FC striker Kokorin and ex-Krasnodar FC midfielder Mamaev guilty of instigating brawls in downtown Moscow in 2018. The court sentenced Kokorin and Mamaev to 18 and 17 months behind bars respectively. Moscow’s Presnensky Court also found two more suspects guilty in the case - Alexander Protasovitsky and Kirill Kokorin - of sparking those fights in Moscow together with the two footballers and sentenced them to 17 and 18 months in prison correspondingly.
On September 6, 2019, the Alexeyevsky District Court of the Belgorod Region granted a motion to release the jailed footballers on parole and the court’s ruling entered into force after 10 days.
Earlier this year, Mamaev and Kokorin’s lawyers filed an appeal to review the previous court sentences in regard to their defendants.
The Moscow City Court also ruled on Monday to acquit Kokorin’s brother Kirill and their friend Alexander Protasovitsky, who were also reported to take part in the brawls almost two years ago, of the previously handed charges of hooliganism and ordered them a year of the correctional labor, just like for Mamaev.
Defense lawyers for Mamaev and Kokorin stated after the court’s verdict their intention to appeal against today’s ruling of the Moscow City Court.
"The Court did not take into account a range of circumstances; rejected our stance regarding the impossibility of qualifying Kokorin’s behavior as acts of hooliganism," Kokorin’s lawyer Tatyana Stukalova said. "It is most likely, that there will be another round in this case as we are planning to file another appeal."
Mamaev’s defense lawyer Igor Bushmanov told TASS after the court’s verdict that an appeal would be filed on behalf of his client as well.
"He [Mamaev] admitted to blows that caused injuries, but he disagrees with the court verdict," Bushmanov said. "He requests a financial compensation of 40,000 rubles (over $545) and we believe that it is a just complaint as we will be filing a new appeal."
Feuding footballers’ 2018 Moscow rampage
On October 8, 2018, FC Krasnodar midfielder Pavel Mamaev and FC Zenit striker Alexander Kokorin were reported to be the culprits behind two assaults in downtown Moscow. The first incident took place at around 8:30 a.m. Moscow time, when they attacked a driver of a Mercedes parked near the Peking Hotel in Moscow.
According to investigators, they beat the man up, in addition to breaking one of the vehicle’s windows and damaging one of the car’s doors. The damaged automobile belonged to Channel One TV presenter Olga Ushakova.
Following that assault, the gang, made up of Kokorin’s brother Kirill and their friend Alexander Protasovitsky stopped in at a cafe on Bolshaya Nikitskaya Street in downtown Moscow, where they proceeded to assault an individual, who turned out to be the director of a department in the Ministry of Industry and Trade, Denis Pak.
Another individual on hand at the establishment who witnessed the incident, Director of the NAMI State Research Center Sergei Gaisin, tried to calm the young people down, but was struck in the face as well by one of the perpetrators.
The Moscow police took the footballers into custody in October 2018 on charges of battery and hooliganism.