Sunday 23 July 2017

Insult added to severe injury as beaten-up Russian hit with ban

The Russian footballer who had his ribs and nose broken in a reserve match by men dressed in police uniforms has been hit with a six-game ban for his involvement in the incident.

To add insult to severe injury, FC Krasnodar striker Spartak Gogniyev has been fined 50,000 roubles (€1,200) by Russian FA's disciplinary committee for "intentionally pushing a referee" during a reserve game against Chechen club Terek.

Terek were fined 500,000 roubles (€12,000) for failing to provide adequate security, while the club's reserve coach and administrator each received a 12-month ban from the game and a €12,000 fine for their role in the attack on the player.

The 30-year-old former Russia international was sent off for pushing the referee and was attacked in the tunnel after leaving the pitch.

The incident sparked outrage from the international Russian squad last week as well as the Russian players' union chief Vladimir Leonchenko, who said: "Just watching the video leaves you feeling sick."

Gogniyev might be felling the same way.

Irish Independent

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