Friday 15 December 2017

Fans turn fire on their own players

Dynamo Moscow players have been shot at by disgruntled fans armed with paintball rifles, prompting world players' union FIFPro to demand action from Russian football authorities.

"Supporters shooting at their own players... this is beyond imagination," FIFPro secretary general Theo van Seggelen said in a statement.

"In 2018, Russia is hosting the World Cup. But I cannot imagine many players looking forward to going to this tournament, knowing that their safety is not but guaranteed."

A group of fans in camouflage arrived at the club's base in the town of Novogorsk, just north of Moscow, and fired a barrage of paintballs at players and staff. Reports said fans also scattered leaflets addressed to the club's foreign players warning them to boost their performances or suffer the consequences.

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