Russia internationals Aleksandr Kokorin and Pavel Mamaev jailed after attacking man with a CHAIR and beating up a driver

8 May

Two Russia internationals have been sent to jail after being found guilty of hooliganism.

Zenit St Petersburg’s Aleksandr Kokorin and Krasnodar’s Pavel Mamaev attacked a trade ministry official with a chair and beat up a driver in Moscow.

Pavel Mamaev, is escorted to his court hearing in Moscow

Both men have been in custody since the incident took place in October. Kokorin will serve 18 months in prison and Mamaev 17 months.

In addition, Kokorin’s younger brother Kirill and their friend Alexander Protosavitsky have also been found guilty.

The punishment for hooliganism is a maximum penalty of seven years in jail.

Kokorin has 48 caps for Russia, but missed last year’s home World Cup through injury, while 30-year-old Mamaev has 15 caps.

Alexander Kokorin is escorted into a police van after being sentenced to a year and a half in prison

A statement from the Russian Premier League after the incident read: “The Russian Premier League expresses its outrage and strongly condemns their rowdy behaviour.

“This act not only casts a shadow over the glorious names of FC Zenit and FC Krasnodar, but all of Russian football.

“We believe that those responsible should be punished in the most severe way. There is no place for hooligans in football.”

Leeds United transfer news: Whites turned down £10million offer from Russian side FC Krasnodar for Pontus Jansson – reports

23 Aug

Leeds United reportedly rejected an offer of £10million for Pontus Jansson from Russian club Krasnodar earlier this month.

The Yorkshire Evening Post claims that the club turned down the offer as they wanted to keep the defender at Elland Road beyond the end of the transfer window.

Jansson had been linked with moves to the Premier League, however, Krasnodar were the only side to put forward a firm offer for him.

However, Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani decided the club would not be drawn into selling the Sweden international after midfielder Ronaldo Vieira was offloaded to Sampdoria earlier this summer.

Jansson has made 81 appearances for the Championship club since arriving on Torino 2016. He is tied to a deal until 2022 after signing a five-year contract with Leeds in October 2017.