It was an incident that was reported on around Europe and that shocked many in the footballing community but it was completely played down by the St Petersburg club. The totally unprovoked attack on the Dinamo keeper Anton Shunin overshadowed the recent RPL weekend.
With Dinamo 1-0 up against the title challengers, a pyrotechnic, whether it was smoke bomb, firecracker or firework it is unsure, was thrown from the away end, where the Zenit fans were housed, into the face of the Dinamo goalkeeper. Shunin instantly went down in a cloud of smoke clutching his face. Play was stopped by the referee before eventually abandoning the game due to obvious player safety concerns.
This decision was later criticised by Zenit goalkeeper Vyacheslav Malafeev who clearly didn’t feel empathetic towards his counterpart who felt the game should have carried on after Shunin had received treatment.
Zenit also played down the incident and in fact blamed Dinamo for the incident, saying it is their responsibility because it happened in their stadium. That is despite the official RPL ruling stating that the away club is responsible for away fans, a lesson in sympathy and PR is clearly required.
Dinamo also released a statement criticising Zenit in their attempt to shift responsibility, citing their lack of fan punishments as a reason behind the attack. Dinamo also stated that Zenit’s claim for a default win was “absurd”.
Three women have been arrested over the incident with one thought to be the missile thrower however it is unclear whether they are Zenit fans or not.
Shunin meanwhile was hospitalised over the attack and is reported to have suffered burnt cornea’s with one eye in a poor condition, teammate Christian Noboa also said Shunin was “in shock”.
We will find out on Thursday what action the RPL disciplinary committee will take after this incident.
Volga 1-1 Spartak Moscow – Volga continued their recently improved form with a very credible draw at home to Spartak. The away side took the lead via Dmitri Kombarov in the 14th minute with a sweetly struck freekick. Volga equalised with the last kick of the first half via Alexsandr Salugin after a goalmouth scramble from a freekick. Volga had the opportunity to win the game on several occasions but struggled to take their chances as has often been the case for them this season.
Volga are in the relegation playoff in 14th with Spartak in the final Europa League place in 5th.
Alania 0-2 Rubin Kazan – Rubin go on a run of 4 straight league victories after two goals in 5 minutes from Marcano and Kasaev earned them a victory against strugglers Alania on Valery Gazzaev’s return to management. Alania in the relegation zone in 15th with Rubin up to 4th.
CSKA Moscow 3-0 Amkar – CSKA extended their lead at the top to 5 points with a convincing win against mid-table Amkar. A Rasmus Elm penalty, a neat passing move ended by Musa and a quick counter attack finished by Cauna secured the win.
Mordovia 0-3 Kuban – Kuban kept up their European push with a win at bottom club Mordovia, the result saw the Mordovia boss sacked on Monday after 5 straight defeats and only picking up 8 points in 16 games.
Anzhi 0-0 Rostov – Ex-Spurs goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa frustrated the home side with save after save to get a well needed point for Rostov at 2nd place Anzhi. Rostov in 12th, two points clear of the relegation zone.
Krylya Sovetov 0-1 Lokomotiv Moscow – A 4th minute goal from Dame N’Doye gave Lokomotiv the win against a poor Krylya side who have now lost 5 on the bounce and are without a win in their last 8. The win relieves some pressure on Lokomotiv boss Slaven Bilic. Lokomotiv in 8th and Krylya are in 13th.
Krasnodar 3-0 Terek – Inconsistent Terek were on the end of a big defeat in Krasnodar, Joaozinho, Wanderson and Shipitsin with the goals for the home side. Krasnodar up to 9th, Terek fall out of the European places in 7th.
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