Kokorin says he got ‘carried away’ by beer
The footballers insist that they used neither strong alcoholic drinks, nor drugs.
Alexander Kokorin and Pavel Mamaev regret their actions. Executive Secretary of the Moscow Public Monitoring Commission Ivan Melnikov, who has talked to the athletes, told this RBC.
According to him, Kokorin and Mamaev insist they did not use either strong alcoholic drinks or drugs.
“I was having some beer and got carried away; we had a game the day before, and I was up all night. I did not take drugs. Vodka is horrible, I’d rather have some whiskey, but I didn’t,” MK cites Kokorin.
In turn, Zenit football club representatives stood up for the player, noting that the reason for his inappropriate behavior could have been high-intensity training after serious injury and stress.
In particular, the medical service of the St. Petersburg club noted that back in spring, the footballer was undergoing treatment, including drug treatment, and has been working out hard in the recent weeks. Stress caused by high-intensity loads in combination with alcohol could have unpredictable effects on the body.
As for the temporary containment cell, in which the footballers are held, Melnikov said that it was “no different” from other Moscow detention facilities. According to him, no privileges are granted to them.
“Kokorin and Mamaev were driven around various examinations all night long; for example, they were taken to the drug treatment hospital to take blood tests; in addition, for some reason, they were taken to the emergency room, but were not admitted. They reached the temporary containment cell in the Northeastern District as late as at 9:45 am on Thursday, October 11. They have no privileges; they won't be able to order food from restaurants, as some media outlets have reported. They haven’t even had their breakfast yet, but we were assured that they would be fed. The only thing they want right now is to get some sleep.” Melnikov said.
To recall, Kokorin and Mamaev were detained after being questioned the other day. The investigation believes that they had first beaten the driver of Channel One TV host and then got into a fight in a Moscow cafe. In particular, the victims include an official of the Ministry of Industry and Trade, Denis Pak. Two criminal cases of Hooliganism have been initiated against the athletes.