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Zenit President Denies German Flag Burning by Fans

Published: March 22, 2014 (Issue # 1802)



  • A black and yellow banner belonging to the opposing team was burnt by Zenit fans.
    Photo: fc-zenit.ru

The president of Zenit St. Petersburg denied on Thursday that the soccer club's fans burned a German flag at a Champions League game against Borussia Dortmund, saying it was merely a banner belonging to the opposing team.

Pictures surfaced on the Internet of the away team’s fans at Wednesday's game in Dortmund – which Zenit won 2-1 – in which they appeared to be burning the black, red and yellow flag of the host nation.

Other photos show the flag was emblazoned with an insignia, lending credence to Dyukov's claim.

"The information that appeared on burning the German flag – this is not what happened," Dyukov said. "A banner that belongs to Borussia was set alight. It's insulting; it doesn't paint the supporters in a good light," he acknowledged.

"We need time to figure out what happened," he said when asked whether there would be a probe into the incident.

Zenit crashed out of the competition 5-4 on aggregate after losing the first leg of the final-16 round 4-2 earlier this month.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Friday, Oct. 24


SPIBA’s ongoing “Breakfast with the Director” series continues today, featuring Tomas Hajek, Managing Director of the Northwest Division at Danone Russia. Hajek will be discussing collaborations between businesses from different cultures. The meeting is at 9 a.m. at the Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel and all who wish to attend must confirm their participation by Oct. 23.


Get your gong on at “Sounds of the Universe,” a concert at the city planetarium this evening incorporating six different gongs to create relaxing songs that will transport you upwards into the stratosphere. Tickets are 700 rubles ($17).



Saturday, Oct. 25


AVA Expo, the eighth edition of the event revolving around all things pop culture, returns to Lenexpo this weekend. Geeks, nerds, dweebs and dorks will have their chance to talk science fiction and explore a variety of international pop culture. Tickets for the event can be purchased on their website at avaexpo.ru.



Sunday, Oct. 26


Zenit St. Petersburg returns home for the first time in nearly a month as they host Mordovia Saransk in a Russian Premier League game. Currently at the top of the league thanks to their undefeated start to the season, the northern club hopes to extend the gap between them and second-place CSKA Moscow and win the title for the first time in three years. Tickets are available at the stadium box office or on the club’s website.



Monday, Oct. 27


Today marks the end of the art exhibit “Neophobia” at the Erarta Museum. Artists Alexey Semichov and Andrei Kuzmin took a neo-modernist approach to represent the array of fears that are ever-present throughout our lives. Tickets are 200 rubles ($4.90).



Tuesday, Oct. 28


The Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel plays host to SPIBA’s Marketing and Communications Committee’s round table discussion on “Government Relations Practices in Russia” this morning. The discussion starts at 9:30 a.m. and participation must be confirmed by Oct. 24.



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