The incident occurred before the start of the Kontinental Hockey League regular season game, which saw local Barys and Avtomobilist face off in Astana.
The national anthems of the countries representing the teams were interpreted. And at the time of the performance of the Russian anthem, the audience in the arena did not stand up.
“Since childhood, they have been taught that when the national anthem is played, you have to get up. A lot of people were sitting today when the Russian anthem was played, I think this is unacceptable,” Shirokov said during a break in the match in an interview. with KHLTV.
The match ended with the victory of “Barys” in a series of shots with a score of 5:4.