Roman Shirokov faces criminal charges after brutal assault on referee during tournament

Roman Shirokov faces criminal charges after brutal assault on referee during tournament

- Roman Shirokov turned his anger towards the referee after a penalty decision went against him

- The 39-year old captained the Russian national team during the Euro 2016 tournament

- He will however not face sanctions since the match he was involved in was not recognised by the Russia FA

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Former Russia skipper Roman Shirokov is facing criminal charges after he was involved in a brutal attack on a match referee during a tournament.

Shirokov, now 39, featured in an amateur tournament on Monday, August 10 for Match TV, the same station where he works as a pundit.

Former Russia captain facing criminal charges after brutal assault on referee during tournament

Roman Shirokov captained Russia during the Euro 2016 against Wales. Photo: Getty Images.
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Things sparked off the quarter final when he was playing alongside former Spartak Moskow midfielder Andrey Tikhonov and several other commentators of the channel.

Shirokov was reportedly discontent at the fact that he was not awarded a penalty by the referee for what he strongly believed was an offence after he was challenged in the penalty area.

The match official on the day was one Nikita Danchenko.

Danchenko waved off the penalty appeals and when Shirokov was on his feet, he hurled some words at the referee who responded by going for a card in his pocket.

According to eye witness accounts, the irate Shirokov went on to make threats to the referee, saying: "If you show a red one, I'll give you {making a fist],”

The official eventually issued a red card before Shirokov hurled a fist at him, knocking him to the ground.

He proceeded to kick him severally before other opponents grabbed him in an attempt to quell the situation.

The game was effectively abandoned after the incident, with The Mirror reporting the referee suffered bruises and a damaged eyebrow.

Organisers of the event dubbed the Moscow Celebrity Cup tournament German Popkov termed the incident disgusting.

"This is unacceptable, disgusting and terrible. [It’s] very strange behaviour. A lot of people saw it live, all this from a million angles. And this is from people with whom we are completely friends.” Popkov lamented.

Unfortunately, since the tournament had no ties with Russian Football Union or the Moscow Football, it is unlikely Shirokov will face any sanctions.

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Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Kazuyoshi Miura set a new record in football after becoming the oldest football player to feature in a professional football match.

The 53-year-old started his professional career in 1982 and is still waxing strong in his 35th professional season.

The striker signed a new deal with Yokohama in January to further prolong his unbelievable career.

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