FTC RFU disqualified Sobolev for four matches and canceled Rocher’s red card – Teller Report Teller Report

Alexander Sobolev suspended for four matches following the meeting of the RFU FTC. The committee condemned the behavior of the striker and called the gesture he showed in the match of the 28th round of the RPL cynical. At the same time, the decision to send off CSKA defender Willian Roshi was considered wrong, his red card was canceled. Spartak did not agree with the verdict and promised to file an appeal in the near future.

Over the past few days, the story of the removal of Alexander Sobolev and Willian Roshi in the Moscow derby between Spartak and CSKA has remained the most discussed in the Russian football community. Many people managed to express their opinion on this topic – from well-known players and coaches in the past to government officials, one of whom turned to the authorities about this incident. So, State Duma deputy Nikolai Novichkov wrote a statement addressed to the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation with a request to conduct an audit and give a legal opinion on the actions of the red-and-white forward. According to him, he not only insulted the Brazilian defender, but “expressed extreme disrespect for society, grossly violated public order and created a security threat.”

Nevertheless, the first to express their opinion on this issue was the Control and Disciplinary Committee of the Russian Football Union (FTC RFU), whose meeting was held on May 24. And as a result of its results, the participants in the conflict could either receive a more serious disciplinary sanction, or, conversely, be fully justified. And in this regard, the recommendations of the Expert-Judicial Commission could be important. According to media reports, she advised to cancel Roche’s red card, while Sobolev’s punishment should remain in force.

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As for Roshi, the same verdict of the FTC was expected in the leadership of CSKA. As General Director Roman Babaev admitted before the start of the hearing, the club was counting on a fair decision and the lifting of the Brazilian athlete’s disqualification. In Spartak, they preferred not to put forward hypotheses regarding the outcome of the case and only asked the public to refrain from artificial pressure, hysteria and persecution of Sobolev, as well as attempts to put pressure on the committee. Moreover, the captain of the ten-time champions of the country Georgiy Jikia stood up for his teammate.

“Sasha is to blame, and he understood it! I will not say now how good Sasha is and how much he helps and does good, I will only say one thing: he understood his mistake! He is to blame, and any normal person understands this … Sasha got into a very unpleasant situation in which everyone needs to make the right choice, because any of us can make a mistake … I only ask for one thing: do not bite, do not kill Sasha. It’s hard for him, help and support… Everyone has the right to correct mistakes, and Sasha will do it!” — stated in a message published by Jikia in the social network.

However, the captain’s speech did not help Sobolev avoid additional sanctions. Forced to go to the meeting by metro, the Spartak striker was suspended for four meetings for an indecent gesture towards Roshi. Thus, he not only lost the opportunity to help his team in the fight for the silver medals of this season and play in the final rounds with Pari NN and Wings of the Soviets, but will also be forced to miss the start of the next RPL championship.

“The FTC decided to disqualify Sobolev for four matches. Sobolev was at the meeting. He has since apologized for his actions. Spartak condemned Sobolev’s behavior. The FTC believes that this act is cynical. Sobolev has a systematic disciplinary violations, ”RIA Novosti quotes the head of the RFU FTC Artur Grigoryants.

In the case of Rocha, the committee made a different decision. Supporting the recommendation of the ESC, he recognized the punishment of the Brazilian for repeating Sobolev’s gesture as unlawful and canceled his red card. And thus allowed the main defender of CSKA to enter the field in the meeting with Krasnodar, which can become one of the key ones in the context of the battle for second place. If the army team loses to their future opponent in the Russian Cup final, then it will be enough for Spartak to score one point in the confrontation with Pari NN to bypass them in the standings.

“Rosha was removed… by mistake. The FTC decided to correct the mistake of the judges and cancel the red card, ”explained Grigoryants.

Thus, the committee did not listen to the arguments of the representatives of Spartak, who accused Rosa of provoking Sobolev. The organization confirmed that the CSKA defender did correct his shorts several times in front of the opponent’s forward, but this was not an attempt to offend him.

“Sobolev said that there was a provocation on the part of Roshi. He explained his action with emotions. We researched all the materials – he has a habit of fixing equipment. He did the same in the room under the stands – this same habit was repeated several times. Did Rosha often do this when he saw Sobolev? They played against each other. We did not come to the conclusion that this was offensive in relation to Sobolev, ”the Championship quoted Grigoryants as saying.

According to the head of the FTC RFU, there is a significant difference between the actions of the players. If the first did it mechanically, then the second deliberately performed it against the opponent.

“Sobolev had an accented gesture – when he grabbed his genitals. How was it understood? It is offensive in terms of ethics and general norms. I won’t say what name it has. The FTC has a concept of this gesture… It means, first of all, the act of an obscene character of one person in relation to another,” explained Grigoryants.

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If CSKA were expected to be satisfied with the committee’s verdict, then Spartak expressed disagreement with it. According to the head of the press service of the red-and-white Dmitry Zelenov, the club does not intend to give up and plans to appeal in the future.

“Alexander apologized at the meeting, calmly and honestly answered the questions of the committee members. We will request the full text of the decision and after that we will appeal it,” Zelenov said.

At the same time, there is reason to believe that in the future we can expect the continuation of the story not only around Sobolev, but also Roshi. According to Grigoryants, the FTC plans to analyze in detail the episode in which the Brazilian allegedly insulted the Russian, calling him a clown.

“We listened to the interview, the opinion of the player himself on this matter. “Spartak” filed a petition that it is necessary to provide a conclusion of a specialist in his words. We used to have an independent expert interpreter present, but in a day and a half we were unable to secure his presence at today’s meeting. We have decided to satisfy Spartak’s petition, separate the case into a separate proceeding and send Roshi’s words from the FTC for examination to an independent organization,” Grigoryants added.

Source: RT на русском by russian.rt.com.

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