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Police Open Criminal Case Into Football Hooligan Attack on Journalists

Published: May 17, 2014 (Issue # 1810)



  • Zenit fans invading the pitch at Petrovsky Stadium in St. Petersburg earlier this week.
    Photo: Football / Youtube

Police on Friday opened a criminal case into an attack on journalists ahead of Zenit St. Petersburg Football Club's last-day victory over Kuban Krasnodar.

Three Zenit fans were detained after Thursday's game on suspicion of assaulting a cameraman and damaging equipment, but were later released due to a lack of evidence, the Krasnodar region's police department said in an online statement.

Police are still looking for other suspects, the statement said.

Last weekend Zenit fans got their club into hot water with Russia's football authorities for their behavior during the club's match against Dynamo Moscow in St. Petersburg.

With their team trailing 4-2, hundreds of Zenit fans flooded the pitch in a bid to disrupt the game, with one supporter punching Dynamo captain Vladimir Granat in the face.

The game was abandoned and later recorded as a 3-0 win for Dynamo a result that had a serious bearing on the league's outcome.

Zenit were fined fined 1 million rubles ($28,500) and ordered to play two home games behind closed doors for failing to control their fans.

The supporter who threw the punch at Granat handed himself in to police on Thursday.

This year's premier league title race, which was one of the most exciting in recent memory, ended in disappointment for Zenit.

The St. Petersburg side went into its game against Kuban a point behind reigning champions CSKA Moscow, who were up against city rivals and fellow title hopefuls Lokomotiv.

CSKA duly came up with goods, dispatching Lokomotiv 1-0, meaning that Zenit's 4-2 victory was not enough to secure the club's fourth league title since 2007.

Lokomotiv, who had spent much of the season in the top two, eventually finished third in the standings, missing out on a Champions League place.





 


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Friday, Aug. 29


Park Pobedy will feature the sights and sounds of the world outside of Russia during the Open Art International Festival today. Taste foreign cuisine, learn how to make tea like the Chinese or relax in a hammock during the free event. Although entrance is free, you must register beforehand if you wish to attend.



Saturday, Aug. 30


Break out the tweed and channel your inner Englishman during the English Hunt Picnic this afternoon organized by the Bagmut stables from Krasny Bor in the Leningrad Oblast. Equestrian stunts, English archery and classic hunting fashion will all be available to visitors hoping to live like the characters in Downton Abbey if only for a day. Tickets for the event cost 7,900 rubles ($219.40).


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Sunday, Aug. 31


The Neva Delta International Blues Festival wraps up this afternoon on Vasilevsky Island with a concert featuring not only some of Russias best blues bands but international stars as well. Admission is free for all three days of the festival, which begins on Aug. 29, and the shows starting at 5 p.m. each day.



Monday, Sept. 1


Today marks the beginning of Lermontov-Fest, a fall festival celebrating the life of one of Russias most remarkable poets who, in a fate eerily similar to Pushkins, was killed in a duel at the age of 26. Organized by the Lermontov Library System, the next several months will see art exhibitions, concerts and public lectures focusing on the Lermontovs short yet prolific career. Check the Lermontov Library Systems website for more details.



Tuesday, Sept. 2


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