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Dynamo vs Zenit Incident
November 28, 2012 19:15

Calls for tighter football regulation concerning the fans' behaviour have become louder after a hideous attack on Dynamo Moscow's goalkeeper during their clash against Zenit St. Petersburg on November 17, 2012.

The game was called off by referee Aleksey Ivanov after Anton Shunin, Dynamo's main goalkeeper, sustained an eye injury in the 37th minute when a firecracker thrown from the fan zone exploded right under his feet.

Later in hospital he was diagnosed with burns to his cornea and problems with hearing.

According to the investigators, the firecracker was allegedly smuggled into the stadium by female fans with the help of condoms. The police arrested three girls who were on the Zenit stands area where the flare was hurled from but the exact moment has not been caught on surveillance cameras, so the girls had to be released.

If the law enforcement are able to track the person down, he or she may be fined (300,000 to 500,000 rubles or sentenced to community service of up to two years or a jail term of up to five years.

PM Dmitry Medvedev stepped into, suggesting such fans must be banned from visiting a stadium for life.

While the police are looking for the culprit, the Russian football community has witnessed an unprecedented war of words between the two clubs, pointing the finger at the other.

Zenit has dismissed claims it was a member of their fans groups saying it was Dynamo Moscow who was in charge of selling the tickets. Dynamo struck back: tickets for Zenit stands are only sold to people who are registered in St. Petersburg or in the Leningrad Region.

Eventually, the Russian Football Union’s disciplinary committee decided to punish Zenit with a technical defeat, some $40,000 fine and order the team to play their next two home games in an empty stadium.

Dynamo took the blame, too, for poor organization of the match, with its own fans banned from the next home game against Rubin.

In response to the official decision, Zenit’s sponsor and Russia’s gas giant, Gazprom, warned it could withdraw from the Premierleague and maybe take part in the CIS championship – a non-existing tournament.

Zenit’s appeal will be considered on Thursday, November 29, 2012.

Russia-IC will follow the developments.

Read and watch more about Dynamo Moscow here.

Author: Mikhail Vesely

Tags: Russian football Zenit St. Petersburg Dynamo Moscow Russian Football Union  

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