The main thing about the new scandal around the former players of the Russian national team, which could cost them the most serious sanctions from the clubs.
Zenit St. Petersburg striker Alexander Kokorin and Krasnodar midfielder Pavel Mamayev were suspected of having two beatings in the center of Moscow. The police opened two criminal cases: the names of both former players of the Russian national team are not mentioned in press releases, but the media link the investigation with them.
In addition to the possible punishment by law, football players face serious sanctions from football clubs. In the case of Mamayev, Krasnodar has already announced its decision to terminate the contract, although this is not so easy. The situation is aggravated by the fact that this is not the first scandal involving two friends-athletes.
The attack on the driver leading the “First Channel”
On October 7, in St. Petersburg, Zenit won Krasnodar with a score of 2: 1. Kokorin played a full second half, and Mamaev scored the only goal for the guests. After the game, football players and old friends flew to Moscow. In the instagram Kokorin wrote that they celebrate “10 years of friendship.”
On the morning of October 8, near the Peking Hotel on Bolshaya Sadovaya Street, Kokorin and Mamayev allegedly attacked the First Channel presenter Olga Ushakova and beat her driver, Viktor Solovyov. This was reported Mash and clarified “Moskovsky Komsomolets”. Information in the comment “Moscow says” was confirmed by Ushakova herself, who wrote a statement to the police.
The conflict in the parking lot occurred before the attack in a coffee shop, but at what time it is unknown. Mash claims that this happened two hours earlier, and Telegram-channel 112 – in 40 minutes.
Beating of an official from the Ministry of Industry and Trade in a coffee shop
On beating the Director of the Department of the automotive industry and railway engineering Industry and Trade Denis Pak became known before the conflict in the parking lot.
At about 9:00 am, Kokorin and Mamaev, in the company of friends, came to have breakfast at “Coffeemania” on Nikitsky Boulevard. According to Mash, one of the visitors made a remark to them, since they behaved too noisily. Footballers in response allegedly began to insult him on a national basis and advised him to “go home” to make comments there. In the video from the surveillance cameras can be seen how the athletes began to beat the man and wring his hands, and also hit the chair .
Later on the scuffle in a cafe told Interfax, citing a law enforcement source. The press service of the Ministry of Industry and Trade confirmed to RNS that Pak and another victim, the Director General of the State Scientific Center, Sergey Gaisin, had filed a complaint with the police. True, in the FSUE “NAMI” the data about the beating of Gaysin was called “lies” and “fake information”. Puck refused hospitalization.
Moscow police filed two criminal cases on incidents in the city center, but never mentioned the names of the participants in the fights. The fact that we are talking about Mamayev and Kokorin is confirmed by numerous media , citing sources.
- The incident in “Coffeemania” is investigated under article 116 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (beatings). According to the official version, “a conflict occurred between a citizen and two young men, as a result of which a man was dealt several blows”;
- The incident in the parking lot is also being investigated under Article 116 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation. According to the official version, “several young people after the road conflict caused injuries to a man.”
Football club solutions
On October 8, Krasnodar declared that the players had a “weekend”, and called the incident a personal affair of Mamaev: “We cannot say who is where. We were not there, the club did not participate in this. ”
Already on October 9, Krasnodar declared the situation with Mamayev “outrageous”: the player will be temporarily removed from training (he will train with a backup team) and impose a maximum fine on him. Its amount is unknown. Krasnodar also promised to “do everything” to terminate the contract with Mamayev , but this is not so simple: “the contracts are drawn up in such a way that they protect professional athletes as much as possible.”
“Zenit” confirmed the participation of Kokorin in a fight, called his behavior “disgusting” and suggested waiting for a “legal assessment” of the police. St. Petersburg television channel 78.ru announced Zenit’s intention to terminate the contract with Kokorin, but the team has not yet officially confirmed this . At the same time, the club stated that the punishment will definitely follow.
This is not the first scandal with Mamaev and Kokorin
In June 2016, the Russian national football team with Mamaev and Kokorin flew out of the European Championship in the squad. In early July, football players were noticed at a party in one of the Monte Carlo bars with champagne and hookah under the Russian anthem. After the criticism, Mamaev and Kokorin were temporarily transferred to duplicate recaps. Both footballers no longer participated in official matches for the Russian national team.
Football club “Krasnodar” about the situation with Mamaev, who was suspected of beating an official
The player will be removed from training and fined the maximum amount. The plans – a complete break of the contract with a football player.
The first time we faced such a situation, when a criminal investigation was launched into an incident involving a football player in a club. What we saw on the video is outrageous. And there can be no excuse for this.
The first thing we can do is apply all possible sanctions specified in the contract. We will impose a maximum penalty on the player and remove them from training with the first team (unfortunately, the contract is not a very long time).
At the moment we are studying how to break a contract with a player. Unfortunately, contracts are designed in such a way that they protect professional athletes as much as possible. But we will do everything to achieve this.