Russians support attacked striker
Published 12/11/2011 | 05:00
Led by captain Andrei Arshavin, Russia players showed their support for FC Krasnodar striker Spartak Gogniyev, who was badly beaten during a league match last weekend, by wearing T-shirts bearing his name in training ahead of last night's friendly with Greece.
All 20 squad members came out at Moscow's Lokomotiv Stadium wearing shirts which read, 'Spartak Gogniyev! We are with you'.
"It was the whole team's idea. We had to show our support for one of our fellow colleagues," Arshavin said.
Krasnodar captain Gogniyev suffered a broken nose and ribs, severe bruising and concussion after being attacked by a group of men dressed in police uniforms during a reserve game against Chechen side Terek Grozny. The 30-year-old former international is expected to be released from hospital in the next few days.
"We had seen on video that a group of men, some dressed in Terek's uniform, beating Gogniyev with brutal force just off the pitch," said Vladimir Katkov, head of the Russian FA's disciplinary committee.
"Just watching the video leaves you feeling sick. It wasn't a fight, it was simply a group of people attacking one person."