Lokomotiv and Anzhi unite in effort to find the «banana-thrower»
Lokomotiv Moscow and Anzhi Makhachkala have released a joint statement following the incident in the Moscow arena Cherkizovo, when a banana was thrown from the stands at former Blackburn stopper Chris Samba.
«The common task of the concerned parties is to find and make public a concrete bastard whose conduct raised talks not about football itself or the quality of game but about regular scandal,» says the statement, published on the clubs’ official websites.
«Both clubs are confident that the match was organized on a high level, the players performed a brilliant and tense football with vivid emotions and magnificent atmosphere of a true football event. But all this was saddened by the consequences of the conduct committed by one provocateur.»
«Such people cannot be referred to true experts and fans of football. They have nothing in common with real supporters of the clubs. Such personalities can be characterized by just one word – provocateur.»
«Joint position of FC Anji and FC Lokomotiv is expressed in the consolidation of actions aimed at the identification of this person.»
«Only by joint actions we can come to that the provocations of such kind would never become a usual event in the Russian Football. We’ll make all our efforts so that to find this person and punish him in a proper way. We stress that owing to the videotapes recorded by cameras the provocateur and his movement in the stadium before, during and after the match became known to us.»
«Conduct of a single provocateur mustn’t be treated as racist actions of the fans and can’t serve as grounds for the disciplinary sanctions imposed on the clubs-participants of the match as they don’t reflect a real situation on the stadium before, during and after the match. Such position will help us to avoid not only emergence of imitators-followers but put an end to any attempt of disgracing the club-opponent.»
«In connection with it the clubs put forward an initiative to make due amendments to the Disciplinary Regulations of RFU.»