CSKA football manager: “Why’s everyone out for blood?”

CSKA football manager: “Why’s everyone out for blood?”
Valery Gazzaev Photo: Komsomolskaya Pravda (KP), daily Russian tabloid newspaper.

The well-known football manager scratches his head over society peeved at the footballers who disgraced themselves.

The former CSKA football manager Valery Gazzaev has commented upon a flagrant case against the footballers Aleksander Kokorin and Pavel Mamaev who manhandled three in the center of Moscow and are now in custody. 

In Gazzaev’s opinion, the society is “over the limit” of cruelty while discussing measure of punishment for the professional athletes. The former football manager is convinced that 7 years of imprisonment is an excessively severe punishment. 

“The athletes should suffer a just punishment. I’ve read that some people suggest to put them in prison for 7 years, everyone’s out for blood. We should not let it come to this. I’m not defending them! I believe they shall be punished, but their career shall not be compromised. They are the major players, and the victories at championships are up to them.” Gazzaev stated in an interview to KP

He reminded that the item 2 of article 213 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (hooliganism committed by a group of persons by previous concert), Kokorin and Mamaev are being convicted under, also stipulates the imposition of a fine worth of annual salary. 

Gazzaev is convinced that the footballers regret of what they’ve committed and already received punishment at some point, having experienced a monumental public pressure. And given that, their club’s contracts also stipulate punitive sanctions that, in Gazzaev’s opinion, are necessarily going to be imposed. 

“The incident involving Kokorin and Mamaev has violated the clubs’s reputation. There’s a clause in the contract stating that they ought to pay a fine for this. I don’t think it’s a small amount. These are punitive sanctions. They are obliged to do everything to popularize the club, themselves and Russian football. And more importantly, Kokorin and Mamaev are the the national team’s far reaching players, and they are their clubs’ major players.” He added. 

The day before, Kokorin and Mamaev - at the prosecutor's request - were arrested by court for 2 months, following the incident with attacking first a Channel One TV-host’s driver, and then, a Minpromtorg’s (Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation) official Denis Pak. It was only during the face-to-face confrontation with the victims - 2 days after the incident - when they made a public apology. 

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