Kokorin, Mamaev charges might be downgraded to minor bodily harm
The change in the charges, however, is not going to affect the punishment.
Zenit attacker Alexander Kokorin and Krasnodar midfielder Pavel Mamayev, who had been charged with Battery (Art. 116), have now been charged with intentional infliction of minor bodily harm (Art. 116) instead after the findings of the medical examination had come, TASS reported citing a source familiar with the course of the investigation.
“If the examination establishes that the injuries caused a short-term health disorder or a slight disability, then Art. 116 may be replaced by Art. 115 ", said the source.
It also noted that the downgrading would not affect the punishment, as the players are also charged with hooliganism (part 2 of Art. 213). The punishment envisaged by this article is up to seven years in prison.
Pavel Mamaev, Alexander Kokorin and his brother Kirill, as well as Alexander Protasovitsky, were placed in detention facilities until December 8 in a case of two fights in the heart of Moscow. The football players and their friends attacked the driver of a Channel One host, Olga Ushakova, near the Pekin Hotel, then beat the Director of a department of Industry and Trade Ministry, Denis Pak, and the NAMI CEO, Sergey Gaysin, in a cafe on Bolshaya Nikitskaya Street.
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