“Performance” by Alexander Sobolev was included in the list of the main events of the upcoming derby. The main question is: what punishment awaits the player? And is Willian Roche in danger? We learned the opinion of a sports lawyer on this matter.
What happened in the match “Spartak” – CSKA
Sobolev returned to the spotlight during the derby with CSKA. In the second half, the Spartak striker made an obscene gesture at army defender Willian Roche. The players fought martial arts, so the Brazilian was on the pitch. Immediately after that, Sobolev made an indecent gesture, and the Brazilian rushed to the side referee Dmitry Cheltsov. Rocha showed the judge exactly what Sobolev demonstrated. The referee, apparently, took this gesture as something personal.
Initially, Sergei Karasev did not apply any penalties, but after a break, he removed both Sobolev and Roshu. This decision (or rather, red to the CSKA player) surprised. Football referee Igor Fedotov believes that Karasev made a mistake in the episode with the removal of Roshi. But the dismissal of Sobolev, according to the expert, does not raise any doubts.
Analysis of Karasev’s refereeing in the derby:
“There was no penalty or expulsion.” Scandalous arbitration in the match between Spartak and CSKA
What did Abascal, Sobolev and Rocha say after the game?
Spartak head coach Guillermo Abascal told reporters after the game that Sobolev would be suspended. What exactly-he didn’t specify himself.
“Sobolev will be punished,” said the coach. “Your gesture of him is not in line with our values. If this happens again, he just won’t play. I hope you have also seen Roshi’s aggressive actions towards Sobolev. As for Sobolev, he will be punished by the club.
Photo: Dmitry Golubovich, Championship
Willian Rocha, for his part, called the rojiblanco striker a clown.
“Sobolev made a disrespectful gesture. I have never seen player behavior like this. To me he is a clown. We should not respect me, but the women who came to the stadium. I have the feeling that the judges helped Spartak more. To eliminate me for this, there is no logic or sense in this.
Sobolev himself later apologized on his Telegram channel.
“I apologize to everyone who was in the stadium, watched the game on television, 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. Very sorry.”
By the way, in December 2022, Sobolev took part in a massive fight at the end of the cup match with Zenit. Alexander was then removed from the field, as were five other players. After the Control and Disciplinary Committee (CDC) meeting, Sobolev was banned for six cup matches. The same punishment was applied to the other participants in the fight. After that, Spartak played twice for Lokomotiv, twice for Ural and once for Akron, that is, he played five matches. Therefore, Sobolev’s cup ban will carry over to the new season.
Details of the incident in the Cup match between Zenit and Spartak
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What threatens Sobolev this time?
The head of the FTC RFU, Artur Grigoryants, said that Rosha and Soboleva were invited to a meeting of the organization: “The episode with Sobolev’s gesture will definitely be considered at the FTC. Sobolev, Rocha and representatives of the clubs have been called.”
Sports lawyer Mikhail Prokopets told the “Championship” what punishment threatens the attacker “Spartak”. At worst, Sobolev will miss four matches, at best – two. But this season, Alexander will no longer play.
“According to article 94 of the RFU disciplinary regulations, this is offensive behavior by a player or a club official before, during and after the match. Sanctioned with the disqualification of the player for a period of two to four games. The RFU Control and Disciplinary Committee may also impose a fine on the culprit.
Accordingly, the FTC RFU will impose a suspension on Sobolev for a period of two to four matches, and may, but is not obliged to impose a fine of 50 thousand rubles.
Sergey Karasev eliminates Alexander Sobolev
Photo: Dmitry Golubovich, Championship
Will Roshi’s red card be cancelled?
Prokopets added that Roshi’s red card could be cancelled. Moreover, this season already had such precedents.
“Yes, there is the possibility of canceling Willian Roshi’s red card. The FTC RFU can cancel a red card for a CSKA defender, but only if there is a conclusion from the ESC under the RFU president about its erroneous issuance. For example, earlier, the FTC RFU canceled the red card of coach Talalaev and footballer Nenakhov.
What other participants of the match Spartak – CSKA said
He will be punished. Abascal publicly crushed Sobolev and Rocha called the striker a clown