Jailed Russia player to receive league medal Featured

15 May 2019
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Jailed Russia international Aleksandr Kokorin is set to receive his first league winners’ medal after his team Zenit St Petersburg won the domestic title, the club’s president says.

Aleksandr Kokorin was predicted to be the poster boy for Russia after breaking into the scene with Dynamo Moscow a decade ago.

Now 28, the disgraced football star was sentenced to prison for 18 months over an assault on a government official and has been in police custody for the past eight months.

However, the Zenit St Petersberg forward will bizarrely earn his first league medal after they secured the Premier League title this season.

The 48-time capped Russia international was listed on the title-winning squad list despite missing most of the campaign which has brought widespread criticism within local media.

Aleksandr Medvedev, Zenit's club president told Sport Express that Kokorin 'will receive it personally' as he is against the option of sending the medal to his family.

“I think we will wait so that he can receive it personally,” Aleksandr Medvedev, Zenit’s club president, told the Sport Express website.

“I think that the medal should find its way to the player after he is out,” he added, dismissing the idea of giving it to Kokorin’s family.

With just five appearances this season, Kokorin has played just 126 minutes of football across all comeptitions in Russia.

But the league ruling permits a title-winning team to award a medal to all 40 players on their official squad list irrespective of playing time, Sport Express pointed out.

By Ayodele Emaye

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