By Chineze Ogugua
Two Russia players are under investigation by the interior ministry in Russia over an attack on a civil servant in a cafe in Moscow. The players are Zenit St Petersburg’s Aleksandr Kokorin and FC Krasnodar’s Pavel Mamaev who are said to have attacked trade ministry official Denis Pak on Monday, leaving him needing medical treatment.
In a statement released by the Russian Premier League, it read:
“The Russian Premier League expresses its outrage and strongly condemns their rowdy behaviour.
“This act not only casts a shadow over the glorious names of FC Zenit and FC Krasnodar, but all of Russian football.
“We believe that those responsible should be punished in the most severe way. There is no place for hooligans in football.”
Kokorin, 27, has 48 caps for the national team, but missed this year’s home World Cup through injury. He has played for Zenit since 2016 while Mamaev, 30, has 15 Russia caps and played for CSKA Moscow 128 times before moving to Krasnodar in 2013.
Their respective clubs have frowned at their behaviours and are ready to end their contracts with immediate effect upon completion of the investigation.
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