Russia's Zenit hit by defeat and fine for crowd hooliganism

Reuters , Thursday 22 Nov 2012

Zenit handed 3-0 defeat and $16,000 fine for fan trouble during Dynamo Moscow game

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Dynamo Moscow's goalkeeper Anton Shunin suffers an injury while lying on the pitch during a Russian Premier League soccer match against Zenit St. Petersburg at the Arena Khimki outside Moscow, November 17, 2012.(Photo: Reuters)

The Russian FA awarded Dynamo Moscow a 3-0 win over Zenit St Petersburg on Thursday after their league match last Saturday was abandoned when the home team's goalkeeper was injured by firecrackers thrown by fans.

Each club must also pay a 500,000 rouble ($16,000) fine for the crowd trouble at the Khimki arena in suburban Moscow, the FA said on its website (www.rfs.ru).

Late in the first half with Dynamo leading 1-0, the referee stopped the match after one of the missiles, thrown by the Zenit supporters, landed near Dynamo keeper Anton Shunin.

The Russia international suffered burns to his cornea in both eyes and loss of hearing in his right ear.

Champions Zenit were also ordered to play their next two home games at an empty arena. They host league leaders CSKA Moscow on Monday before facing second-placed Anzhi Makhachkala at St Petersburg's Petrovsky stadium next month.

It is a huge blow to Luciano Spalletti's team, who are currently in third place, in their bid to retain their league title as they now trail CSKA by six points midway through the season.

Dynamo, who climbed to 10th following a dreadful start to the season, will play one home game without any spectators.

Zenit said they would appeal against the verdict.

The big spenders, owned by Russian energy giant Gazprom, also went out of the Champions League after being held to a 2-2 home draw by already qualified Malaga on Wednesday.

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