Russian footballers Aleksandr Kokorin and Pavel Mamaev were in a party mood despite their team’s early exit from Euro 2016. They reportedly spent €250,000 on champagne at a Monte Carlo nightclub, with the bubbly served to the strains of Russia’s national anthem.
Mamaev’s club FC Krasnodar has already issued a statement, calling its player’s behavior “outrageous and unacceptable.”
“Currently, footballer Pavel Mamaev is moved to the youth team of FC Krasnodar,” the statement read, adding that Mamaev will also be fined.
Videos and photos of the athletes, partying hard at Monte Carlo’s posh Twiga nightclub, were posted on Instagram and other social media.
According to Life.ru, Kokorin and Mamaev splashed out on around 500 bottles of Armand de Brignac champagne for all the guests at the club.
A single bottle of the well-known bubbly costs around €500 (US$557), meaning that the players spent over €250,000 at the club, the tabloid reports.
The champagne was served to the sounds of Russia’s national anthem, decorated with sparklers and golden confetti flying through the air.
The Russian national team members also smoked hookahs and were surrounded by girls, the website wrote.
“At first, they [Kokorin and Mamaev] were acting quietly and modestly. But then champagne was served to the Russian national anthem. Confetti was thrown and sparklers lit. The players were treating everybody at the club. Some just took the bottles from the table as they were in countless numbers,” one of the guests at the party told Life.ru.
Russian internet users were not so much outraged by the players’ generosity with their cash, but more by their disrespectful treatment of the national anthem.
“A boozing session to the Russian national anthem. I’m in shock,” one of them wrote.
The words were echoed by another commentator, who wrote: “Disgrace! What a disgrace! Doing this to the Russian anthem. I have no words.”
“Dumb disgraceful cynics… this national team must be disbanded,” another user wrote, repeating the calls found in many other messages.
Even Russia’s Investigative Committee head, Vladimir Markin, commented on the footballer’s party in a rather biting way.
“Others were pouring [champagne]. These two would’ve just missed the glasses,” he tweeted, hinting at the zero goals scored by Kokorin and Mamaev in France.
RT looked through the players’ accounts on social media and found that serving expensive champagne to the Russian anthem was a kind of a tradition at Kokorin’s and Mamaev’s parties.
Mamaev posted a video of a similar stunt on Instagram from Dubai back in December 2014.
The Russian national football team failed to qualify from the group stages at Euro 2016 in France this June.
The team managed a 1-1 draw with England in their opening match, but then suffered two painful losses to Slovakia (1-2) and Wales (0-3).
Striker Aleksandr Kokorin, 25, was included on the list of the worst Euro 2016 players by WhoScored.com. His salary at Russian Premier League side Zenit St. Petersburg is €3.5 million per year.
Midfielder Pavel Mamaev, 27, also plays in Russia, earning around €1.4 million annually at FC Krasnodar.
It’s not the first time Mamaev has made waves in social media since Russia’s Euro 2016 exit.
Earlier, a barrage of criticism forced him to delete a photo on his Instagram account showing him on a private plane with the caption: “Yes, we lost. Yes, we’re out. But possibly it’s the best we could’ve done! Waiting for a sh*t storm in the comments…”
There were also reports that Mamaev was beaten up by his teammates during Euro 2016 for speaking rudely about Russia’s coach, Leonid Slutsky.
When the playmaker appeared on the pitch in the match against Wales he had a fresh cut above his right eye.
Source: Daily News