“Akinfeev looked and smiled.” Who saved the snowy match between CSKA and Rostov?
Andrey Pankov December 4, 2023, 08:00 Moscow time Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.
We spoke to one of those who removed the snow from the field during the game.
Winter in RPL has just begun, but the snowiest matches are already actively growing. A week ago, Baltika and Spartak footballers were running through the snow and on matchday 17 a similar match took place between CSKA and Rostov.
Due to heavy snowfall in Moscow, the VEB Arena field lost its football appearance long before the start of the match. But, despite the discontent of many participants in the game, the snow was partially removed and the meeting took place. The main heroes for the fans were the stadium workers, who actively removed the snow not only before the kick-off and during half-time, but also during the match. “Campeonato” managed to communicate with one of them.
Karpin was the most dissatisfied of all:
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— Who did you receive instructions from to remove snow during the game? — The referee gave permission to clean the field during the match. Before the game he came over and said we could do this carefully while the ball was on the opposite half of the field.
– Is this your first time? – Yes, everything happened, I saw everything.
—How did you manage to clean it? – Yes, there was enough time! Clean. The main thing is to maintain the rhythm while the ball is on the other half of the field. We chose the moment and ran. Nothing complicated, a shovel does not weigh a million kilograms.
Who saved the snowy match between CSKA and Rostov?
Photo: Alexander Safonov, “Championship”
—Did Akinfeev say something when they were cleaning the field next to him? “He looked at all this with a smile, but did not communicate with us. I don’t think she cared.
—Have you seen how people react to your work? “Now they call us heroes, but we are not.” We don’t need heroes. We need footballers. Although, of course, I am against playing in this weather: football should be played in summer.
Some of the participants in the snow tournament have already found a solution:
“During the spring-autumn period, there will be more games on good fields.” Reaction to CSKA’s snowy match