MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin mocked top club Zenit St. Petersburg on Tuesday for not fielding enough Russian players.
With Russia hosting the World Cup next year, Putin told a meeting of sports officials that Zenit couldn't claim to be popularising football as a "truly Russian game" because it didn't give enough starts to Russian players.
When Zenit president Sergei Fursenko suggested more attractive styles of play could attract fans and make football "a real Russian game," Putin hit...
Fulham signed winger Yohan Mollo from Zenit St Petersburg before the transfer deadline.
The 28-year-old Frenchman, also formerly of Monaco and St Etienne, has arrived at Craven Cottage on a two-year deal.
Mollo said in a statement: "I am really happy and excited about the project.
"I have an opportunity to play in England and to play with a club with great history like Fulham with some great players. It's a big opportunity for me and I am looking forward to getting started."
Fulham have added another...
A series of fan incidents, including clashes with police, have tarnished the start of the season in the Russian Premier League.
After the well-organised FIFA Confederations Cup went on without much trouble earlier this summer, the league season has seen fights between fans inside and outside football grounds, racial abuse and violent police action since the day it kicked off on July 15.
Even players have been the target over the past month. First, injured Spartak Moscow midfielder Roman Zobnin was...