Russian Federation internationals Aleksandr Kokorin & Pavel Mamaev questioned by police over attack

Paola Ditto
Ottobre 11, 2018

Russian footballers Aleksandr Kokorin and Pavel Mamaev are facing criminal charges over an alleged attack on a civil servant in a Moscow cafe and are also being investigated over claims of a separate assault on a driver.

Officials say that Zenit St Petersburg striker Alexander Kokorin and Krasnodar midfielder Pavel Mamayev are accused of beating a department head from the Russian Ministry for Industry and Trade who rebuked them for behaving improperly.

The duo was filmed attacking Pak with a chair in an upscale Moscow café.

Kokorin, of Zenit Saint Petersburg, and Mamaev, of Krasnodar, both appeared in a Moscow police station on Wednesday and have been detained under article 213 of the penal code (vandalism), which could entail up to five years in jail.

The Interior Ministry confirmed that an "investigation is now establishing all the circumstances of and participants in the incident".

"We await the legal assessment by the relevant bodies, but from the human and emotional viewpoint such an incident only arouses shame".

"We are now considering what punishment the club will take against the player and action will be forthcoming in the near future".

Given the state of the case, Kokorin has had his shirt removed from the Zenit store website, and both players could have their contracts rescinded.

The club statement read: "What we have seen in the video is outrageous".

The incidents are said to have come after a night spent partying in the Russian capital, including a reported visit to a strip club. We will impose a maximum penalty on the player and remove them from first-team training. Unfortunately, contracts are designed in such a way that they protect professional athletes as much as possible.

Both players have represented their country, with 63 Russian Federation caps between them, but Mamaev last played at global during Euro 2016.

Kokorin, 27, has 48 caps for the national team but missed this year's home World Cup through injury.

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