The infamous footballers lectured on ethics, shamed for being bad role models
According to Deputy Rashkin, the athletes must strictly observe morals and manners.
Pavel Kolobkov, the Sports Minister, was asked to talk to the athletes from all sports federations of Russia and to address the development of an all-Russia code of ethics. Valery Rashkin, the State Duma deputy from the Communist Party, made the proposal. He added that there could be an exam on how well they know the code for those who want to get a title, according to Daily Storm.
His proposal came amid the recent high-profile arrest of football players Pavel Mamaev and Alexander Kokorin, who, as national team players were role models for many boys, according to the deputy. Both got involved in two fights in the heart of Moscow last week, which became a reason for initiating three criminal cases: two on Battery (Art. 116), and one on Hooliganism (Art. 213).
According to Rashkin, professional players must be educated, humble and well-bred, while lately, the media have been getting a lot of reports stating the opposite: they drink at nightclubs, swear and get into fights. The football duo first got into the spotlight a couple of years ago, when they threw a party in Monaco after their disgraceful performance at the 2016 European Championship.
The way the players treat their fans also leaves much to be desired. The publication brought up the infamous statement Arshavin once made: "Us not meeting your expectations is not our problem, it’s yours,” he said after being defeated by Greece national in 2012.
Indeed, the problem is not only about football players, but other sports in Russia. In his address, Rashkin spoke of the well-known Avangard Hockey Club that got into a fight at a New Year’s party; a woman was hit in the face that night, according to sports media. Earlier, hockey players of the same club “staged a drunken brawl, during which they insulted an elderly woman and injured her son” in a restaurant, media outlets said.
A few years earlier, the AK Bars hockey team was known for a similar conduct – the athletes were drunk and violent and tried to take away the guns from the police.
Rashkin also mentioned Khabib Nurmagomedov, who recently became UFC champion; the Russian athlete attacking his opponent's sparring partner, while his team were beating Conor McGregor.
In his address to the Minister of Sports, the deputy stressed that even the country president said at the meeting with Nurmagomedov that there must be no such conduct in sports: “Of course, this is a commercial sport, but it is still a sport; so, certain rules must be observed there; not only those on paper, but also those accepted for all sports, the moral ones. "