Vladimir Putin’s spokesman has condemned a decadent Monte Carlo party attended by Russian players who had just been eliminated from Euro 2016. The forward Aleksandr Kokorin and midfielder Pavel Mamaev were filmed at the world-renowned Twiga nightclub surrounded by champagne and sparklers as Russia’s national anthem plays in the background. The spokesman described the behaviour as “a shameless display of conceit”.
The Russian press has alleged that the pair ordered 500 bottles of Armand de Brignac champagne during the course of the evening, spending a total of €250,000 on drinks alone.
Both Zenit St Petersburg and FC Krasnodar, the clubs of Kokorin and Mamaev respectively, have fined the players and temporarily demoted them to their youth teams, with a Zenit statement adding: “Unfortunately, some Russian players can find themselves in these scandalous situations due to a lack of common sense.” Whilst Mamaev’s club, FC Krasnodar, reacted by calling their player “outrageous and unacceptable”
However, both players deny the claim. Kokorin strongly claim that he and his team-mate were simply not responsible for ordering or paying for the champagne, explaining to Sports.ru: “Somebody was celebrating their birthday and we were simply there. Naturally, everybody saw the bottles and heard the Russian anthem, but why put all this on us?”
Take a look at the video and draw your own conclusions…