The scandal occurred midway through the second half, when Sobolev made an obscene gesture at Army defender Willian Roche, for which he almost immediately received a red card. Interestingly, the Brazilian also withdrew from the field, repeating his move after Alexander. For the past few days, experts and former players have strongly criticized Sobolev. He also received it from Spartak head coach Guillermo Abascal.
– He (Sobolev) will be 100 percent punished. What Alexander did does not correspond to the values that exist in our club. First of all, it is about respect, education. This is not tennis or athletics, where every man is for himself. Here everyone plays for the team and they should think about it. This happened for the second time, Martins was also punished for his behavior. If this is repeated, they will sit on the bench,-Abascal did not hide his emotion.
There was talk of the need to disqualify Sobolev from five to ten matches. Some pundits even called on Spartak to drop the attacker, although Alexander himself apologized almost immediately after the incident.
– I apologize to everyone who was at the stadium, watched the match on TV, for my intemperance! These are emotions, and what I did is simply unacceptable! I understand that children, women and all the fans who love football were on the screens. I promise you this will never happen again. I am very sorry, – admitted Sobolev.
There were those who supported Alexander. In particular, the captain of the “rojiblancos” Georgiy Jikia: “Let me as a captain: Sasha is to blame, and he understood it! Sasha got into a very unpleasant situation in which everyone must make the right decision, because any of we can make a mistake.. “I ask only one thing: don’t bite, don’t kill Sasha,” Jikia wrote on social media.