He said that he loved Russia and wanted to leave “something in memory.”
Moscow police detained the fan of the England national team Hall Rufus. He was accused of desecrating a monument to Moscow Spartak forward Fyodor Cherenkov, located in the Spartak stadium (also known as the “Opening Arena”), the publication “Sport Express” reported .
Rufus wrote on the chest of the monument to Cherenkov the word “England” (“England”). Later, other fans erased the inscription from the statue.
According to Telegram-channel Mash, Rufus was detained, he apologized to the fans of “Spartacus”. According to the fan himself, so he wanted to leave “something to remember” after his visit to the World Cup. He added that he loved Russia in two days, and would not paint a monument if he knew about a possible reaction.
Английский фанат, осквернивший памятник Черенкову, извинился:
“Я сожалею. Мне стыдно. Я полюбил эту страну за два дня, что пробыл здесь. Ваши люди радушны. Я уважаю историю. Если бы я знал, что это оскорбит людей, то никогда бы не сделал этого. Я приношу извинения” pic.twitter.com/GRddiU2Euc
— Спорт-Экспресс (@sportexpress) July 3, 2018
Last updated at 12:55 pm : The press service of the Moscow MIA of the Ministry of Internal Affairs announced the initiation of an administrative case against Rufus under Part 1 of Article 20.31 of the Administrative Code of the Russian Federation (“Violation of the rules of behavior of spectators during official sports competitions”).