Lokomotiv Condemns Tarasov T-Shirt With Putin


Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ

17th February, 2016


Football club “Lokomotiv Moscow” considers the actions of midfielder Dmitri Tarasov after the first leg of the last 16 knockout stage of the Europa League with the Turkish side “Fenerbahce” unacceptable.

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“The organizer of the competition does not allow participants of matches to demonstration using any images, even if they are well-covered. Political, ideological or religious propaganda are banned on the territory of football and FC “Lokomotiv” fully shares the position of UEFA on the issue.

Unfortunately, our club could not prevent the incident: the player did not consecrate his plans. The initiative of Dmitry was inappropriate and harmful both for the club and for himself.

Dmitri Tarasov will receive disciplinary action based on his contract with FC “Lokomotiv” — said a statement from the club.

After the last 16 match of the Europa League with the Turkish side “Fenerbahce”, Tarasov took off his t-shirt, under which he had a t-shirt with the image of Russian President Vladimir Putin and the inscription “Most polite President.” UEFA opened a disciplinary case against the footballer.

“This is my President. I respect him and decided to show that I’m always with him and ready to support him. This shirt has everything written that I wanted to say”, — quotes  RIA Novosti from the words of Tarasov.

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