Two Russian footballers held for attacking ministry official after lecture on ‘bad behaviour’

Moscow: Police have arrested two Russian midfielders, Alexander Kokorin and Pavel Mamayev for alleged violent attack on an official from the Ministry for Commerce, who had lectured them for behaving improperly at a cafe in Central Moscow.

The whole incident was recorded in a CCTV and the footage was broadcasted by Russian TV channels. In the video, it is visible that the official is being hit with a chair over his head while he was also taking blows on his face.

An investigation is underway and the duo has been detained on the charges of hooliganism – which carries a maximum imprisonment of seven years.

Russian media also reported that the duo is suspected of beating a car driver in another incident near a Moscow hotel, earlier this week. This incident was also caught on CCTV camera, which was subsequently widely telecasted on national television channels.

The Russian Premier League strongly condemned the “hooliganism.”

While FC Krasnodar said it may terminate Mamayev’s contract, another club Zenit – where Kokorin plays – stated it would take disciplinary measures against the footballer.

(With inputs from agencies)