Kokorin and Mamayev plan to continue football career after release
Both athletes monitor the matches of their teams and plan to continue to play football.
Football players Alexander Kokorin and Pavel Mamayev, convicted of hooliganism, plan to continue playing football after being released from prison, Executive Secretary of the Public Monitoring Commission Ivan Melnikov told RIA Novosti.
According to Melnikov, Kokorin and Mamayev have repeatedly said that football is very important for them.
“They said they plan to continue their careers. Kokorin is a fan of his team, and Mamayev – of his one. Whenever possible, they try to watch the matches of their teams,” the secretary of the Public Monitoring Commission said.
It is reported that Kokorin wants to serve his sentence in the Belgorod region, where he was born, if the court of appeal upholds the sentence.
In October last year, Zenit front man Alexander Kokorin and midfielder of Krasnodar football club Pavel Mamayev initiated two fights after celebrating a decade of their friendship. As a result, the driver of a Channel One TV presenter, Vitaly Solovchuk, official with the Ministry of Industry and Trade Denis Pak, and the Head of the Central Scientific Research Automobile and Automotive Engines Institute, Sergey Gaysin, suffered.
The football players, as well as younger brother of Kokorin Kirill and children's coach Alexander Protasovitsky, were accused of hooliganism, beatings and deliberately causing minor bodily harm. May 8, the court sentenced the Kokorin brothers to 1.5 years in a general regime colony. Mamayev and Protasovitsky received a year and five months in prison.