Russian Premier League club Krasnodar pledged to terminate the contract of disgraced midfielder Pavel Mamaev days after he and Zenit Saint Petersburg’s Alexander Kokorin seriously assaulted a government official.
On Monday the players, both former Russian internationals who have courted controversy in the past, attacked a Russian trade ministry official in a Moscow cafe after he complained about their behaviour.
Russia’s interior ministry has opened a probe into the incident, with Kokorin reportedly facing five years in jail for striking him with a chair.
Alexander Kokorin, reportedly in the black hoody, is facing jail for attacking a politician
The Zenit St Petersburg striker struck the trade ministry official with a chair in a Moscow cafe
Krasnodar want to end Mamaev’s contract as soon as possible while Kokorin’s role in the incident was described as ‘disgusting’ by Zenit.
‘We are currently looking into how to terminate a contract with the player,’ Krasnodar said in a statement.
‘Unfortunately, contracts are drawn up in such a way that they protect professional athletes to the greatest possible extent. But we will do everything to get it done.’
The club said Mamaev, 30, would have to pay ‘the largest possible fine’ and would be barred from training with the first team for the time being.
A brawl erupted following the incident, also involving Krasnodar midfielder Pavel Mamaev
Russia’s interior ministry has opened a probe following the release of video footage
Video footage which surfaced on the internet showed Kokorin, Mamaev and their friends throwing chairs at trade ministry official Denis Pak, who had to seek medical assistance before reporting the incident to the police.
A YouTube video reportedly shows Kokorin, wearing a black hoody, striking at a man eating breakfast in the corner of the cafe.
Russian outlet Gazeta have reported that two high-ranking officials are in hospital, with one of them losing a tooth.
‘What we saw in the video is outrageous,’ Krasnodar added.
Zenit said on Tuesday that Kokorin, 27, would be disciplined pending the outcome of the police investigation.
‘But currently, Zenit management and fans are feeling nothing but disappointment that one of the country’s most talented footballers behaved in a disgusting manner,’ the club said in a statement.
Zenit described Kokorin’s role as ‘disgusting’ with Krasnodar set to sack Mamaev
It is not the first time the players’ behaviour has raised eyebrows.
Russia’s Football Union suspended the pair in July 2016 after a video emerged from a Monte Carlo nightclub where Mamaev and Kokorin allegedly spent £226 on a champagne-fuelled party following Euro 2016, where Russia flopped.
Kokorin later apologised for his behaviour and was welcomed back into the national team.
He has scored 12 goals in 48 matches for his country, but sat out this year’s World Cup with a knee injury.
Mamaev last played for the national side at Euro 2016, when they finished bottom of their group.
Kokorin has 12 goals in 48 caps for Russia but missed the World Cup with a knee injury