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Russian athletes demand Lokomotiv FC lift punishment from its player for Putin T-shirt

Lokomotiv FC has reportedly fined Tarasov €300,000 for pulling off his T-shirt to reveal another one with an image of Vladimir Putin, the caption reading The Most Polite President at a Turkish stadium

MOSCOW, February 19. /TASS/. Russia’s non-governmental sports movement VSporte (In Sports) has addressed the president of Moscow’s football club Lokomotiv, Olga Smorodskaya, with a demand for lifting disciplinary punishment from midfielder Dmitry Tarasov.

Lokomotiv played the first match in the Europa League round of 32 in Istanbul last Tuesday, which ended in the hosts’ 2-0 win. After the final whistle Lokomotiv’s midfielder Tarasov pulled off his T-shirt to reveal another one with an image of Russian President Vladimir Putin, the caption reading The Most Polite President. Tarasov told the media later he had no intention of staging any provocations. The Union of European Football Associations on Wednesday opened a disciplinary case against Tarasov. According to media reports that followed shortly afterwards the club fined Tarasov €300,000.