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Russian footballers Aleksandr Kokorin and Pavel Mamaev charged with hooliganism after alleged attack

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The pair are said to have assaulted trade ministry official Denis Pak

Two Russian footballers have been charged with hooliganism by Moscow police and could face time in prison.

Zenit St Petersburg’s Aleksandr Kokorin and Krasnodar’s Pavel Mamaev allegedly assaulted trade ministry official Denis Pak on Monday, leaving him in need of medical treatment.

Kokorin and Mamaev are Russian internationals

Kokorin and Mamaev are Russian internationals

Hooliganism carries a maximum sentence of seven years jail time in Russia.

The pair have been detained for questioning by police, who intend to make them meet their supposed victim.

Police said both players had reported to a police station on Wednesday.

They were detained for 48 hours and prosecutors will ask for this to be extended on Friday.

Kokorin’s stepfather Kirill Loginov has issued an apology published on Kokorin’s Instagram page.

“On my own behalf and my son’s behalf, I want to apologise for what happened to Denis Pak,” he wrote.

“My son sincerely regrets that he hit Mr Pak and, after questioning, he wanted to apologise publicly to him and to all those let down by his behaviour.

“But he didn’t manage to do that – he wasn’t given that opportunity. That’s why I’m doing it for him.

“He’s not trying to find some justification, nor am I. Such hot-headed behaviour was unacceptable, his reaction to the insults from Denis Pak was excessively crude, and Sasha acknowledges that fully.”

The Russian Premier League expressed “its outrage and strongly condemns their rowdy behaviour”.

Moscow police have charged the pair

Moscow police have charged the pair

It added: “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.”

Zenit said Kokorin had behaved “disgustingly” and Krasnodar said they were looking to end Mamaev’s contract.

Kokorin has 48 caps for Russia, but missed this year’s home World Cup through injury, while Mamaev has 15, with his last international appearance coming in 2016.

Credit: talkSPORT

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