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UEFA charges Lokomotiv, Russian player for Putin shirt

17 February 2016, 17:10

Istanbul - UEFA says it has charged Lokomotiv Moscow and its player Dmitri Tarasov with improper conduct for revealing a picture of Russian president Vladimir Putin on his t-shirt after a politically charged game in Turkey.

UEFA rules prohibit political statements at its matches and the laws of football ban players revealing images and slogans on undergarments.

Also read: Mikel disappointed after Chelsea loss to PSG

Tarasov took off his team shirt to reveal the Putin vest after Lokomotiv played Fenerbahce in Istanbul on Tuesday. The Russian side lost 2-0 in the Europa League round of 32, first-leg match.

Beneath the portrait of Putin wearing a Russian navy cap, the vest read in Russian: "The most polite president."

Relations between the countries have been tense since November when a Russian warplane was shot down after it violated Turkey's border near Syria.

- AP


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