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Football: Dinamo under Friendly Fire
October 21, 2012 10:10

Dinamo Moscow appears to have trapped itself in a catch-22 situation after a training session was disrupted by paintball rounds allegedly fired by its die-hard fans.

The story began about a month ago when the management of the struggling club decided to invite some of the fans to a training session and, more than that, speak out their mind.

You may call it whatever you want - an address, an appeal, a warning, but in fact that was a blank ultimatum, a black sport - either you give us something to cheer for or we'll give you what we usually give the fans from other clubs in the backyards and on commuter trains.

Riddled with foul language, the statement sounded more like a schoolmaster thrashing students who have misbehaved.

The students they appealed most to were foreign stars Dinamo splurged out to buy. They have however been unable to pay back the credit they were given.

So a month on, amid continuing poor performance, the whole team gets intimidated by some random toy-shooting, and leaflets calling on the bosses to fire those who are “killing Dinamo football”. You can have a look at it here.

And although the official fans movements denied they had anything to do with it, the question still hangs in the air – where will Dinamo go next? Will foreigners, or Russian players for that matter, have more motivation to fight for every ball on the pitch after incidents like this?

Dinamo bosses made a fatal mistake when they allowed a bunch of unruly youths to do what they hadn't been able to achieve themselves - get a good solid team out of a fine group of individual players.

By hoisting the white flag, they foolishly - or maybe with a malicious intent in mind - handed this job over to people who often claim Dinamo tops the list of universal values for them, sitting above family, work, and the rest of those old school add-ons in life.

There's no denying, of course, that Dinamo Moscow has been underperforming, but firing is a bad solution by all standards. Hopefully, the club’s management will see the light and take steps to reverse what appears to be a very negative trend, focusing on the long-term vision, like it was reflected in the video report below.

Author: Mikhail Vesely

Tags: Russian football Dinamo Moscow Russian fans   

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