Zenit St. Petersburg Fan Reportedly Smuggles Firework into Match Inside Body
By now you have probably heard about the incident in Russia over the weekend that stopped a match between Dynamo Moscow and Zenit St. Petersburg.
But wait. The story recently took a weird twist.
Here are the basics. The hosts, Dynamo Moscow, led Saturday's match 1-0 through Vladimir Granat's 27th-minute opener.
The match was then abandoned in the 36th minute because of crowd trouble. That trouble involved Dynamo goalkeeper Anton Shunin being hit by an object that had been thrown from the stands.
Footage of the incident appears in the video above. It serves as our Set Piece Video of the Day for this Monday.
Shunin, 25, later said he was having trouble with his vision and hearing. A team doctor said his cornea had been burned (Press Association via ESPN FC).
Zenit, a club that has been known to tell it how it is, in an official statement condemned what it called "stupidity and irresponsibility" (via FC-Zenit.ru). A Zenit supporters' club called the incident an "act of a provocateur or idiot" (via ESPN FC).
So here's the new twist.
The idiot, it turns out, was reportedly a female Zenit fan who smuggled the object into the match inside her body.
Yes, inside her body.
According to RT, 92 people—including three women—were arrested at the match. The perp was not among that number.
"During the inspection of the stadium after Dynamo’s match against Zenit, at which one of the female fans of the St. Petersburg team threw a firecracker on the pitch, injuring the Dynamo goalkeeper, the police found dozens of condoms in the ladies' room,” an unnamed source in the police force told Interfax.
Fireworks in condoms, eh? Maybe it's just us, but we're thinking Bill Buford has a sequel to write.
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