“Shaming won’t work in this case.” Sportscaster Orlov calls for payment of fine by footballers
In Orlov’s opinion, the professional athletes only speak the language of money.
The well-known sportscaster Gennady Orlov has commented upon the situation on the criminal case against an FC Zenit forward Aleksander Kokorin and an FC Krasnodar’s midfielder Pavel Mamaev.
In Orlov’s opinion, nowadays, most of the professional athletes only speak the language of money. That said, the footballers shall be punished by paying a fine.
“It’s all about money to current players. They only speak this language. And interestingly, this is not their fault. There are a professional sport and an organized football industry. Unfortunately, shaming won’t work in this case.” Sport-weekend quotes Orlov as saying.
He also calls the media and society for not whipping up tension around what happened and waits until the legal investigation is over. The sportscaster pointed out that we shall follow the law - not emotions - while choosing a measure of restraint as to Kokorin and Mamaev.
“Just act up to the law with no considering of the tension of the masses of people or on orders from high-ranking officials. It is up to the court to choose a measure of restraint.” Orlov stated.
Earlier, FC Zenit player’s wife Daria Valitova ascribed her husband’s actions to heavy emotions over 2018 FIFA World Cup that was put down.
Kokorin and Mamaev are accused of disorderly conduct. They face up to 7 years in prison. Both professional athletes, as well as Kokorin’s younger brother are in custody for 2 months on charges of participating in scuffles in the center of Moscow.
Preliminary hearings of the case pertaining to embezzlements committed during the construction of notorious Zenit Arena haven’t commenced yet – but the trial of Marat Oganesyan already ceased to be monotonous. The former Deputy Head of the St. Petersburg Municipal Administration has directly hinted at the involvement of his successor – current Vice Governor Albin – in the embezzlement of billions of rubles.